July 19, 2020 ~ 27 Tammuz 5780
Harry Lee Meyer, born March 30,1932, passed away July 19, 2020.
He was the son of the late Evelyn G. Meyer and nephew of the late Cecil Wayne and the late Harriet Bloom Kessel who as older aunts helped to raise him along with his grandparents Rhea and Harry S. Grab and great grandparents Lilly and Victor Lorch. During his teenage years Harry Lee was adopted by the late Dr. J. Harold Meyer.
He attended Indiana University as an undergraduate, and then pursued his legal studies at the University of Louisville Law School with a scholarship working at the law library. Following school, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator and then JAG legal officer and retired a captain. Upon exiting the service, he practiced law for over 50 years mainly in the real estate field. Harry Lee loved the law and his law practice, and some of his favorite projects over the years were representing Oxmoor Shopping Center, Citizens Plaza Office Building, The Thomas Family at The Haymarket, and the purchase of the land and building of the 21 Willow Apartments, just to name a few. Many of his clients became life-long friends.
Additionally, he worked in family law. Harry Lee helped many couples adopt children, and this was among his greatest joys and pride.
Over the years Harry Lee contributed back to the community though his work for charitable organizations. He served as regional president of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in Louisville and additionally on the National Board in New York promoting good relations between religions and races. While Harry Lee was president, Muhammad Ali was presented with the board’s annual award.
Harry Lee served as president of the Temple Brotherhood and was on the board which helped establish the Sheltered Workshop which provided paying jobs for learning disabled adults. He donated his legal services as council to St Joseph Children’s Home for many years.
After retiring, Harry Lee loved to travel along with his wife and would go anywhere at a moment’s notice to see the world, making many new acquaintances who have remained friends to this day.
He is survived and loved by his wife of 59 years Debby Erlen Meyer, his two sons and their families, Andrew Meyer, wife Page and granddaughter Alexandra of Hudson Ohio, and Thomas Meyer and wife Louise of Los Angeles, California. His family and friends meant the world to him; he will truly be missed but never forgotten.
We thank our wonderful friends and neighbors for all their help, caring and concerns at this time and throughout the years. We have been so very fortunate for all your love and kindness.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider supporting one of Harry Lee’s favorite causes and organizations. They include the Filson Historical Society, the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Library at the University of Louisville, Hospice, and your local public radio station.
Due to the pandemic, a private graveside service was held at The Temple Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at an appropriate later date.