We mourn the loss of Lee Rainwater

Lee Rainwater

January 7, 1928 – July 4, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Lee Rainwater, on July 4, 2015. Lee co-founded LIS in 1983 and – with his beloved friend and colleague Tim Smeeding – advised and guided LIS for over two decades, until his retirement in 2005.

Lee was a courageous and innovative sociologist, and a generous and patient teacher. Although he was extremely modest – famously so – he often spoke in his later years of how proud he was of LIS, frequently saying that building LIS was his greatest accomplishment. He was a mentor to many of us, and his pride in LIS lifts us up during this sad time. We send our condolences to Lee’s wife Carol, who will always remain a member of the LIS family, and to his daughter Katherine and son Jon.

A fuller tribute will follow.

In the meantime, we invite you to remember Lee here, as he helps to tell the story of “LIS, the early years”.

Janet Gornick
LIS Director

July 7, 2015 | News