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In Memory

R. Lee Speer


Lee Speer (Richard Lee Speer) passed away on July 24, from complications of pulmonary disease.

He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on October 30, 1933. Many of his formative years were spent in Bogota, New Jersey, a New York City suburb. During his high school years his family moved to the suburbs of Chicago. Lee attended University of Kansas and went on to receive his masters in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska. He
pursued his PhD from the University of Colorado.

Lee taught philosophy at CU, Regis College, Front Range College, and, after
teaching 44 years at Colorado State University, he retired in 2009. While at
CSU, Lee specialized in the instruction of ethics and began to lead in
the field of agricultural ethics in conjunction with CSU's Department or Agricultural Sciences.

Lee is survived by his brother, Wilson Edward Speer, of Overland Park, KS, his
daughter, Whitney Speer, of Upper Saddle River, NJ, his son, Nevil Speer, of
Smith's Grove, KY, and three grandchildren.

A scholarship honoring Lee Speer's passion for teaching has been established
in agricultural ethics at Colorado State University. Information about the scholarship is available at

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the scholarship. Gifts may be made out to the CSU Foundation and sent to Megan Price, CSU, College of Liberal Arts, 1701 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1701.

Contact: Gaylene Wolfe
Phone: (970) 491-3351