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 Nathaniel Gist Gee

Nathaniel Gist Gee

Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
Death 17 Dec 1937 (aged 60–61)
Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Greenwood, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 128804250 · View Source
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He was known as Gist Gee. He could read and speak Chinese but never taught in Chinese. As a scientist, he was criticized for not having pursued a doctorate. He spent 30 years in China until he and other Westerners were forced to flee to Shanghai from Nationalist troops in 1927.

Gist Gee died after a long illness caused by diabetes.

Professor at Lander College is Victim of Heart Attack

Greenwood, Dec 18 [1937] - Funeral services for Dr Nathaniel Gist Gee, 61, who died at his home here late last night of a heart attack following a short illness, will be conducted at Main Street Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3:30. Interment will be in Edgewood Cemetery.

Doctor Gee, member of a prominent Southern family, had been ill about ten days.

Doctor Gee, a native of Union County and a Wofford College graduate, came to Lander after serving more than 30 years as a teacher and as an official of the Rockefeller foundation in China.

He was a professor of natural sciences at Soochow University 15 years and later became head of the biology department. In 1922 he joined the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation and for the next three years was adviser of the China medical board on premedical education. He served as a field director of the foundation in 1927-1928 and as an adviser for China in the natural sciences from 1828 to 1932.

When the work in natural sciences was completed in 1932, Doctor Gee accepted the vice presidency of Yenching University and directed the university's financial campaign from New York. He remained as vice president until 1935 when he came to Lander.

He is survived by his widow, three daughters, Mrs Mallory C Atkinson, Macon, Georgia, Mrs Chester T Collins, Miami, Florida, and Miss Claribel M Gee, a student at Duke University, Durham, and a son, Charles M Gee of Hong Kong.

Other survivors are three sisters, Miss Mary Wilson Gee, Converse college, Spartanburg; Mrs Gertrude Gist Lesesne, Spartanburg, and Mrs Robert N Chandler, Mayesville; four brothers, Robert Gee of Newberry, Paul M Gee of Brooklyn, NY, Wilson Parham Gee of the University of Virginia and Reuben Gee of Carlisle.

Dec 19, 1937 The State

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