SCORE Chicago pays tribute to the memory of Lethell “Mr. Lee” Morris, who passed away on April 12, 2009. Lee counseled at the Chicago State branch for over 15 years.
South vice chair Jack Donohue remembers: “I counseled with Lee for three years. At the time he was the only African American counselor in the Chicago District. His experience on the corporate side, his having owned and operated a retail businesses in the community, and his skills relating to clients — all this was a perfect combination for SCORE.”
Isabelle Conda, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Chicago State says: “We were privileged to have Lee Morris at our Center — first, because he was the only African-American SCORE counselor we knew and second, because as the quintessential entrepreneur, he made a difference in the community.”
Ex chair Don Crossett recalls: “Lee was a leader and the first unofficial Chapter Vice Chair of the Southside. Without being asked, he took it upon himself to encourage otherwise detached south area branches to work together on behalf of the Chapter and its clients. For the first time in my SCORE experience, he brought together counselors from each branch to discuss and resolve common issues and help each other where needed. He strongly believed in the mission of SCORE and ‘walked the walk’.”
SCORE Chicago and Chicago’s small business community will miss him.