Lee McNeill Crippen, 91, teacher, community leader

January 09, 2004

Lee McNeill Crippen, a longtime community leader and former executive secretary to the state's General Federation of Women's Clubs, died of pneumonia Dec. 24 at a hospital in New York City. The former longtime Annapolis resident was 91.

A vigorous organizer, Mrs. Crippen held numerous positions of responsibility in women's organizations, serving as president of the Woman's Club of Bethesda and president of the Maryland Federation from 1970 to 1972.

She was born Caroline Lee McNeill in Fort Sheridan, Ill., the daughter of a career Army officer. During the 1930s, she earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a master's from West Virginia University. She taught English at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington before enlisting in the Women Appointed for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) during World War II.

In 1946, she married John Thomas Crippen, who worked for the Department of the Army. He died in 1977.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at Fort Myer Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, John E. Crippen of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Caroline Lee Crippen of New York City; and two grandsons.

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