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David B. Lee


David B. Lee was born in Douglasville, Georgia in 1907. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1932 and earned a master's degree from Harvard University in 1937. Mr. Lee served as a Major in the Sanitary Corps, U. S. Army and was Commander of the 4th Malaria Control Unit.

David was the Director and Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering with the State Board of Health. His desire for centralized sewage treatment facilities was once strongly emphasized when he was once introduced as Dave "I don't like Septic Tanks" Lee at an annual meeting. He also served as a Special Consultant to U. S. Public Health Service; an advisor to U. S. Delegation, World Health Organization; served on the National Research Council, Committee on Sanitary Engineering; and, conferred with the then Atomic Energy Commission on radioactive industrial waste disposal and the President's Commission. "Health Needs of the Nation."

In 1956 David B. Lee also founded the Florida Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovellers to recognize industry professionals for their outstanding, meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty to the Florida Water Environment Association, previously known as the Florida Pollution Control Association.

The David B. Lee Award is given annually by the State Association to an Active Operator. It is a honor of this association to give an award in Mr. Lee's name to an active operator as recognition to a man who has done so much in the water and sewage field in the State of Florida.