Inez Lung Lee

May 6, 2021 - 4:07 pm

Inez Lung was born April 18, 1900 and though she grew up in Austin, she is most known for her time spent in China. 

After graduating from Saint Mary's Academy and the University of Texas she became a member of First Baptist Church and when she heard of missionary work happening in China, she chose that path for her life.

After completing her graduate work at Southwest Seminary in Fort Worth she went to teach high school English at Pooi To School in Canton, China in 1928.

"[Inez Lung Lee (Center) with Students], ca. 1930. AR-2012-028-020, Inez Lung Lee Photo Album."

Inez Lung Lee with Students, ca. 1930. Photo courtesy of Austin History Center

Because of different wartime occupations and invasions the school faced many moves to various cities and Inez and her students would move with the school each time.  Eventually Pooi To moved to Hong Kong where it is still located today. 

Inez was deeply dedicated to her students. In her teaching she encouraged her students to continue their education beyond Pooi To and, after graduating, many of her students would attend college in China and the US. 

"Inez Lung Lee in Canton ca. 1930. AR-2012-028-028, Inez Lung Lee Photo Album"

Inez Lung Lee in Canton ca. 1930. Photo courtesy of Austin History Center

In 1943, she returned to the United States after experiencing the Japanese occupation of both Guangzhou and Hong Kong. She returned to Guangzhou to continue her work in the late 1940s, and she experienced the end of the Chinese Civil War as well as the Communist Revolution before she moved to Hong Kong. 

In all, she returned to Austin only three times between 1928 and when she retired in 1958.

After returning to Austin permanently a former student of hers, Elizabeth Luk, introduced Inez to a retired restaurant owner, W. F. Lee and in 1959 they married. 

She continued speaking and was active at First Baptist Church until 1993 and on her 100th birthday the church made a gift to Hong Kong Baptist University in her name. 

She passed on February 9, 2004 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery Annex near her family.

"Lung Family Monument" "Monument Inez Lung Lee (Miss Chou) April 18 1900 - February 9 2004 Missionary - Educator"