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