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Doris Shoong Lee, former Chair of Museum Boards, Passes Away

Former Asian Art Museum Board Chair and generous museum supporter Doris Shoong Lee passed away on Sunday, August 26, at her home in Las Vegas, surrounded by family following a brief illness. She was 98 years old.
“Doris was an amazing woman—a savvy business leader, a loving wife and matriarch of a beautiful family, and a generous philanthropist committed to sharing art and culture far and wide,” said Jay Xu, director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum. “She blessed us with a warm spirit and infectious laugh, but also with the keen mind of a strategic leader, important qualities that helped guide the museum forward.”  

Ms. Lee served as chair of the Asian Art Commission and Asian Art Museum Foundation, the dual governing boards of the Asian Art Museum, from 2004 – 2006, during an important period of transition and growth that followed the 2003 opening of the museum’s new home at Civic Center. Doris first joined the Commission for a term in 1990 and returned in the early 2000s as a Commissioner and Foundation Trustee through 2013. 

Her generosity to the museum spanned three decades during which she and her husband Theodore made significant contributions to two capital campaigns as well as providing on-going support for the Annual Fund, numerous fundraising events, and special initiatives. Her name will live on at the museum in the first-floor Doris Shoong and Theodore Bo Lee Gallery and in our ever-popular Gallery 13, the Chinese Jade Treasury, Doris Shoong and Theodore Bo Lee Gallery.  

“Without support from dedicated spirits like Doris and her family we would never have reached this groundbreaking moment in the museum’s history, on the threshold of a major transformation that will secure our future for generations to come,” said Xu. “On behalf of the commissioners, trustees, staff, and volunteers I offer my deepest condolences to the Lee family, and express my sincerest gratitude for Doris’ leadership, support, and friendship over the years.” 

A full obituary of Doris Shoong Lee’s life can be found here.