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Dr. M. Lee Hyder, passed November 3, 2003

Dr. M. Lee Hyder, passed November 3, 2003

Dr. M. Lee Hyder

Dr. M. Lee Hyder, winner of the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from USCF, died on November 3 after a long illness. Dr. Hyder served as USCF secretary from 1975-78, and then served for more than a decade as a Trustee of the US Chess Trust. Lee was one of the co-organizers of the Quarter-final Match for the World Championship in 1974, which was won by Victor Korchnoi over Henrique Mecking.

A strong player, he was a South Carolina State Champion. He also served as South Carolina State President, Vice President, and magazine editor. He was a scientist who contributed much to the safety of nuclear facilities around the US and the world. Lee was always regarded as a great gentleman who was uniformly respected. He lived much of his life in Aiken, South Carolina.