Robert C. Lee

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Robert Corwin Lee (August 30, 1888 – September 1, 1971) was Vice President of the Moore-McCormack Lines shipping company, and an officer of the US Navy achieving the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half) in the US Naval Reserve.


On 1918-06-15, he married Elsie Francis Calder, daughter of Senator William M. Calder.[1]


Lee was promoted to the rank of Commander before leaving full-time service. Later, he was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half) (Commodore) in the US Naval Reserve, as a result of service during World War II.


Lee was instrumental in negotiating several significant contracts for Moore-McCormack in the 1920s, with Poland and Russia.[2]

Both his wife and daughter, Kay Calder Lee, were "sponsors" (launching ladies) for several ships:



  1. ^ Senator Calder's Daughter a Bride, New York Times, 1918-06-16, accessed 2009-12-24
  2. ^ Moore-McCormack Lines, accessed 2009-12-24
  3. ^ Cameraman on ship shoots launching in reverse, LIFE magazine - 1941-01-13, accessed 2009-12-24