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Robert J. Lee Michael Frisch, Anna Marie Valerio, Cynthia McCauley On April 16, 2014, applied psychol- ogy lost a signifi- cant contributor and legendary fig- ure when Robert J. Lee passed away at the age of 74. Although his health had been an issue for a number of years, his passing was sud- den. Friends and colleagues lamented the loss of this thought leader, entrepre- neur, trusted advisor, and mentor. Merrill Lynch, primarily in management development roles. Bob considered this experience valuable for its insights into how applied psychology could benefit large organizations. In 1974 Bob started a consulting prac- tice, which developed into Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), one of the first major outplacement and career services firms—an organization that continues to be a world leader in its industry. As founder and president, he expanded the organization beyond traditional I-O prac- tice, creating new services such as out- placement and executive coaching. Bob’s professional life focused on inte- grating psychology with professional service organizations, defining new ser- vices, and teaching other practitioners. His point of view was sought out by many for his incisive ability to get to the heart of an issue with quiet humility and a robust sense of humor. After the sale of LHH, Bob became presi- dent and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership from 1994 to 1997. Initia- tives launched during Bob’s tenure in- cluded research on executive selection and global leadership, leadership devel- opment initiatives for minorities, and postprogram coaching. After his tenure Bob graduated from Knox College with a with CCL, Bob returned to NYC and be- BA in Psychology in 1961 and from Case came an active executive coach. Western Reserve University with a PhD in 1965. Graduate school was followed Bob was a natural teacher. He was an by military service and then by a re- adjunct professor with several universi- search position at the University of Pitts- ties. In 2002 at New School University, burgh working with Bernie Bass. In 1967 he designed what was likely the first Bob moved to New York City and graduate-level course in executive worked in corporations such as ITT and coaching, which he continued to deliver The Industrial Organizational Psychologist 211