College of Social Sciences Leadership Award- Gary Lee 69

Monday, January 25, 2010


Although acclaimed sociologist and researcher Gary Lee is writing a book titled “The Limits of Marriage: Why Getting Everyone Married Won’t Solve All Our Problems,” he credits his wife with putting him on the path to the right career. And, he claims, “My greatest achievement in life is staying married to the same, wonderful woman for 41 and a half years.”

As a sociology student at St. Cloud State, Lee would come home so excited about what he was learning that his wife encouraged him to go to graduate school in sociology instead of pursuing a career in law. “The faculty who were here at the time, they got my intellectual curiosity excited and interested in what I do.”

Lee has become an expert in the field of family relations. He is professor and chairperson of sociology at Bowling Green State University and has written several books and had numerous academic writings published in research journals and books. He also serves on the board of the National Council on Family Relations and in 2000 he was awarded the council’s Jan Trost Award for contributions to comparative family research.

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