Lee B. Chapman ’60

Lee B. Chapman ’60, of Birmingham, Ala., died on Jan. 6. Lee was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hickerson Chapman of Andalusia, Ala. He graduated from Davidson College and UAB Medical School and did general surgical residencies at the University of Virginia and UAB. Lee served in both the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy as a surgeon on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. After his military service, he returned to Birmingham and practiced at Brookwood Medical Center as a general surgeon for over 30 years. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and past president of the Jefferson County Medical Society, and he pioneered the use of laparoscopic surgery in the Birmingham area. At his retirement in 2000, an operating suite at Brookwood Hospital was named in honor of his dedication to his patients and his commitment to the Brookwood surgical community. For the past 25 years, Lee and his wife, Karen, have volunteered with Medical Missions International, a Christian group that offers crucial and unavailable surgical procedures to those in need around the world. Lee was also a long-time member of the Independent Presbyterian Church, a volunteer at M-Power Ministries as an adult literacy tutor, and a member of several civic groups. He is survived by his wife, Karen S. Chapman, 2816 Carriage Pl., Birmingham, Ala. 35223-1948; his two children, Alison ’89 (Gordon Black) and Edward; and his four grandchildren, Kaimon and Lucian Chapman and Ian and Angus Black.