5:00pm - 7:30pm EDT October 18, 2018

Kermit J. Lee Memorial Celebration

Please join us for an event remembering Emeritus Professor Kermit J. Lee, Jr. ’57; his life, legacy and impact. The program will provide guests with an opportunity to hear from family members, former colleagues and students, and friends, whose lives and careers were profoundly influenced by Prof. Lee.

4:00–5:00 pm Exhibition (102 Slocum Hall, the Marble Room)

5:00–6:15 pm Program (Slocum Auditorium)

6:30–7:30 pm Reception (Slocum Atrium)

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An exhibition of Kermit Lee’s artwork will be available for viewing in the Marble Room located on the first floor of Slocum Hall.


  • Thursday, October 18: 4:00–7:30 pm
  • Friday, October 19: Noon–7 pm
  • Saturday-Monday, October 20–22: 10 am–5 pm

Visiting Syracuse

Lodging: The memorial celebration is taking place during Orange Central Homecoming weekend, and the University has negotiated special rates with nearby hotels. See below for more information:

Genesee Grande Hotel 1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210

Rate: $189/night for standard rooms, one queen or two double beds

Call: 315-476-4212 and ask for the “SU Orange Central Room Block at the Genesee Grande Hotel”

Additional information: Includes complimentary parking and WI-FI

Additional hotels and rates can be found by following this link.

Parking: Complimentary parking for the event is available in the Booth Garage, corner of Comstock & Waverly Aves. For information on accessible parking, contact Sherry Hayes at or 315.443.0271.

Kermit J. Lee, Jr.

Beloved professor, and accomplished architect, Emeritus Professor Kermit J. Lee, Jr, B.Arch 1957, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Professor Lee was an accomplished architect and creative thinker, a much-loved professor with a loyal following, and a generous and dynamic colleague. After earning a graduate degree in Braunschweig, Germany, and practicing in Switzerland, he returned to Syracuse as a faculty member in 1968 and served until his retirement in 1995, earning many professional honors over the course of his career. He had a significant and important impact on his students and colleagues and maintained relationships with generations of alumni of the School. As the first black graduate of the School of Architecture, he was particularly proud of his mentoring role for minority students.

Kermit J. Lee Jr. Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship established in honor of Professor Emeritus Kermit J. Lee Jr. ’57 helps to ensure that our most promising students who have financial need will not only be able to begin their studies, but will have the resources to complete their degrees and join the ranks of successful Syracuse alumni in the profession.

Architecture News story (1997) on Kermit J. Lee [PDF]