Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 13, 2017
TOON LEE (Age 89)
TOON LEE (Age 89) Of McLean, Virginia, passed away on February 7,
2017. His beloved wife, Linda, by his side. Loving and devoted husband
of 56 years. Much loved father of Christina (Mark), Woodrow (Maureen),
Cynthia (Stephen), and Andrew (Renee). Loving and proud grandfather
of Aileen, Ryan, Jennifer, Kyle, Alex, Anabelle, Claire, Curtis, and Patrick.
Toon was born on October 30, 1927, in the village of Tai Shan, Guangdong, China, to Lee Sun
Wah (Davis) and Lee Tom Chun Lin.
He emigrated to the United States in 1948, at the age of 17 with his father and mother. His
younger sister, Wendy, would join them a few years later. They lived in San Francisco's
Chinatown where his younger sister, Emma (Eddie), was born. Six months later, on
Thanksgiving Day 1948, the family moved to Washington, DC, where they settled and his two
youngest sisters, Edith (Gene), and Enna (Tom), were born.
Toon attended McKinley HS in Washington, DC, but did not graduate until after serving in the
US Army during the Korean War. He was drafted and inducted in 1951. He served as a
corporal for 18 months as a translator for the United States Army Military Intelligence at the 38th
Parallel. He was honorably discharged on August 21, 1959, with a Korean Service Medal with
three Bronze Stars, an UN Service Medal, a Korean President Unit Citation, and a Merit Unit
Commendation. After graduating from McKinley HS, and with the aid of the GI Bill, Toon
attended the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He graduated in 1960, with a degree
in pharmacy and a degree in zoology, and subsequently began working for People's Drug
Store. After working for a year as a pharmacist, he decided to make a career change and
become a medical doctor.
The spring before starting medical school at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic
Medicine, Toon traveled to Taiwan to marry his sweetheart, Linda, who planned to attend Drake
University, also in Des Moines, Iowa. During medical school, they started their young family. By
June 1965, Toon and Linda had moved back to the East coast with two diplomas and two
babies, Christina and Woody. They lived in Philadelphia for a year while Toon completed his
medical internship. In July 1966, they moved to McLean, Virginia, and Toon began his medical
career in the DC public health system as a medical officer.
He worked in the new methadone/detox program and the Lorton Penitentiary Medical Clinic. In
1967, Toon opened his own medical practice in Washington, DC's Chinatown next door to his
parents' house on I Street, NW. An import part of his medical practice was providing both
medical and social services to the Chinese community. During this time, his young family
increased by 2 with the addition of Cyndi and Andy. Dr. Lee's DC practice expanded greatly
with the addition of patients from Maryland and Virginia. And in 1977, he opened a second
office in McLean, Virginia. After practicing medicine for 50 years, Toon retired in 2007.
He and Linda traveled extensively to places including New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia,
Thailand, Alaska, and Europe, and returned to Tai Shan several times. During his long medical
career, Toon was also extensively involved in promoting local, national, and international
interests. He served as the local president, national president, and was a senior Elder in the
Lee's Family Association. He was a founding member of the DC Lodge of the Chinese
American Citizens Alliance (CACA) where he also served as the President and a Grand
Representative to the national meetings. Toon was on the Board of Directors and the Loan
Committee of the Lee Federal Credit Union. He was a President and Senior Advisor of the
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA). Toon was a supporter and a medical
volunteer with the Chinese Community Church of Washington, DC. He was also a founding
member of the Chinese Medical Association. He was a Senior Advisor to the Taiwan Overseas
Affairs Commision. He was also a Board Member of the DC Downtown Partnership.
Furthermore, he was on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area Community
Toon enjoyed the joyful commotion of our big extended family, including his 4 children, 9
grandchildren, 20 nieces and nephews, great grand nieces and nephews, sisters,
sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law. Toon's favorite activities included tending to his plants,
spending time with his family, and grilling in the summer time. He will be dearly missed by all
those whose lives he has touched. His legacy and accomplishments will be forever treasured.
Viewings will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Money &
King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Avenue Vienna, VA 22180
A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist
Church., 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. McLean, VA 22101
Interment will follow at Washington National Cemetery, 4104 Suitland Road Suitland, MD 20746
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chinese Community Church of Washington DC.
500 "I" Street, NW Washington, DC 20001.
Online condolences and fond memories of Toon may be offered to the family at:
Money and King Funeral Home
171 Maple Avenue W
Vienna, VA 22180