Mary Clay Platt Lee Obituary

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Mary Clay Platt Lee, 90, died peacefully on December 6, 2021 at her home in Gladwyne, PA in the company of her three sons, John, James, and Henry and her beloved dachshund Angus. Born on March 26, 1931, in Philadelphia, Mary Clay was the much-loved daughter of J. Wood Platt and Mary Clay Platt.

Mary Clay had a long career as an educator, teaching Latin and then English at The Episcopal Academy. She was a proud graduate of Germantown Friends School (1948) and Vassar College (1953), where she spent her junior year studying at The University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Mary Clay was preceded in death by her husband Robert H. Lee, Jr. She is survived by the sons she had during her marriage to James R. Holt, her son John, his wife Susan, and their three daughters, Gemma, Katrina, and Portia, by her son James, his wife Hollie, and their daughter Morgan, son-in-law Connor, and their daughter Isla, and by her son Henry and his two sons James and Henry. She will be missed by Bob’s sons, Ned, his wife Tracie, and their sons Zander and Mac, and by Cliff, his wife Carolina, and their sons Seve and Beckett.

Mary Clay loved dogs, but she had a special place in her heart for dachshunds. She had a deep appreciation for music, theatre, painting, and literature (especially Irish poets). After retiring Mary Clay and Bob traveled frequently, with a profound fondness for all the British Isles. She and Bob were summer residents of Winter Harbor, ME, but no place meant more to her than Nantucket Island, MA where she spent twenty summers when she was raising her young sons.

There will be a private interment at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust in Broomall, PA, which can be found online at