Photo: Dr. Gerry Pierone with Dr. Burton Lee III, who passed away last week at the age of 86.

After 32 years as a physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering – 29 as attending senior physician and chief of the Lymphoma Division – he and Ann moved to Washington, D.C. in 1989 when he was appointed White House physician to George H.W. Bush.

“How can one not love Burt Lee?” Pierone asked. “His strong personality is matched with a deep commitment to decency, human rights and dedication to medical excellence. I consider it to be a high honor to be Dr. Lee’s doctor and friend.”

When asked to speak, Lee said, “I thought I was a very dedicated doctor but I come up $10 short compared to Gerry Pierone.”

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