Mark Owen Lee

Lee, Mark Owen (1930-2019)



Fr. Mark Owen Lee was a beloved fixture at the University of Toronto, to which he devoted nearly 30 years of his life. Guided by his study of the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, he patiently studied the works of his beloved Virgil in books like Fathers and Sons in Vergil’s Aeneid (1979), Death and Rebirth in Virgil’s Arcadia (1989) Virgil as Orpheus: A Study of the Georgics (1996). Fr. Lee is, however, best remembered by the sophisticated public as a longtime panelist on the Texaco Opera Quiz, where he answered questions with remarkable alacrity (he was often the first to raise his hand to answer) and with a seemingly fathomless depth of knowledge about opera. He died on January 25, 2019 in Scarborough, Ontario at the age of 89.