FORMER Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) principal Lee Hah Ing, 95, died of prostate cancer on Friday evening after a five-year battle with the disease.
Mr Lee, who headed ACS from 1961 to 1969, was the grandfather of well-known violinist Min Lee.
He was credited with driving fund-raising efforts that allowed ACS to build its first Olympic- sized swimming pool - he even persuaded some teachers and board members to donate a month's salary towards the endeavour. ACS became the first Singapore school to have such a pool.
He organised the first Fun-O-Rama fund-raising carnival, which garnered $130,000. The event is still held today.
In 1969, Mr Lee was awarded the Public Service Star (BBM) by then-President Yusof Ishak.
Mr Lee's youngest child, Ping Shih, 62, recalled how hard he worked on his teacher's salary to give his four children an overseas education.
Mr Lee was born in China in 1914 and moved to Malaya with his father, a pastor.
He taught in several Anglo-Chinese schools in Malaysia, including one in Perak and another in Kuala Lumpur, before moving to Singapore, where he continued teaching.
Family members said he never complained about his illness as he did not want to be a burden to them.
'He led a long and blessed life, and I think he was ready to go and see my mother, who passed away two years ago,' said Ping Shih.
Mr Lee leaves behind four children and nine grandchildren, all alumni of either Anglo-Chinese schools or Methodist Girls' School.
This article was first published in The Straits Times.