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Resume and Curriculum Vita

Dr Paul A. Lee

Resume and Curriculum Vita

Paul A. Lee, B.A., S.T.B, PhD.

131 Spring Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060

831 469 3384 


Born — September 20, 1931

Place — LaVeta, Colorado


Custer High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, l949

St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., B.A., Philosophy, l953,

Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., l953-55

Union Theological Seminary, New York, N.Y., Summer, l954

University of Minnesota, l954-55,

Master’s Program in Philosophy and Political Science

Harvard Divinity School, l955-56, Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)

Harvard University, l952-63, Ph.D.

Thesis: “Freud’s Concept of Guilt”; Thesis Director: Erik Erikson


Teaching Experience:

Harvard University, Teaching Assistant, Humanities Courses and Teaching Assistant to Paul Tillich, l956-62

Mass. Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Philosophy and Religion, l962-65

University of California, Santa Cruz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies (Founding Chair), and the History of Consciousness, (Ph.D. program), l966-72


Visiting Professor:

Cabrillo College

Gavilan College

Emerson College, Forest Row, England


Professional Positions:

Pastor: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, East Boston, Mass. l956–61

Protestant Chaplain, Brandeis University, l963-65

Consultant: Fmali Herb Co., Santa Cruz

Director of Product Development and Marketing, Meridian Herb Co.,

Marketing Director, Revolutionary Software, Santa Cruz

Executive Director or Officer of Nonprofit Corporations:

Founder and Faculty Director: UCSC Student Garden Project, with Alan Chadwick, 1967–1972

University Services Agency, l970-76; Re-established and renamed United Services Agency l993–

Northern California Land Trust, l972-4

William James Association, l972–96, Co-Chair with Page Smith

Herb Trade Association, l977-81

Platonic Academy School of Herbal Studies, l981

Two Year Professional Training Program, l981-83, Director and Founder

Citizens’ Committee for the Homeless, Chair, l985 — 1997

Paul Lee Wikipedia page 

Business Experience and Project Founder:

Wild Thyme Restaurant, Cooper House, Santa Cruz, l974

Santa Cruz Greenbelt Initiative: Proposition O, l978

Santa Cruz Electric Vehicle Project, 1995

Cedar Street Shelter, 1985

Interfaith Satellite Shelter Project (ISSP), 1986

River Street Shelter, 1986

Homeless Garden Project, l989

Ecotopia: Circle Trail and Ecology Hall of Fame (, 1994

Founder of University Services Agency, a nonprofit corporation, with twenty affiliate agencies and businesses such as the Whole Earth Restaurant (U.S.A.), with the Rev. Herb Schmidt

Member of the Board of Dharma Sangha, Crestone Colorado, current

Chair of the Board of the Romero Institute, current


Many articles for the Herb Trade Association on herbal medicine.

Monthly columns for trade magazines. Correspondence course on herbal studies, offered nationally, hundreds enrolled. Organized five international herbal symposia and conferences at UCSC. Invited as a guest of the Chinese government to tour herbal centers in China, l982. Lead a tour of Chinese herbal centers for People To People, in l989.



Paul Tillich: The Encounter Between Christianity and World Religions, Columbia U. Press

Paul Tillich: The Meaning of Health, Introduction by Paul Lee, Platonic Academy Press

Paul Ricoeur: Freud and Philosophy, Yale U. Press

Ralph Abraham: Chaos, Gaia, Eros, Harpers

Edmund Carpenter: The Pattern That Connects, Harry Abrams


The Quality Of Mercy, Homelessness in Santa Cruz, l985–,Platonic Academy Press, l992, Foreword by Page Smith

Florence the Goose, Platonic Academy Press, l992, Illustrated by Page Smith


“Hermeneutics and Vitalism”,

Chapters in Festschrift for Frank Barron: “Goethe’s Italian Journey”, edited by Montuori

Paul Tillich: A Reminiscence

“On the Wings of Thymos”, Plato’s Phaedrus, the Greenwood Press, San Francisco

Guest Lecturer: 


Emerson College, Forest Row, England; U. C. Berkeley; Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel; Barnard; Rice University; Zen Center of San Francisco; Hartnell College; U.C. Santa Barbara; Governor’s Conference on Education, Nebraska; Rhode Island School of Design, The Getty Museum, The Ross School, The Invisible College at Cruzio, etc.

Extensive experience in nonprofit innovation and augmentation with a visionary bent. Proposed an economic development plan for Santa Cruz based on the tourist industry–Ecotopia for the ecotourist, with the ultimate agenda of solving the problem of homelessness in Santa Cruz with set-aside revenues from gross proceeds. Plan involves a seventeen mile circle walking and biking trail encompassing the West Side of Santa Cruz to unify the Greenbelt, signed on National Trail Day, June, l995, sponsored by National Parks and Trails; the Ecology Hall of Fame (in the planning stage); the Ecotopia Center, to be built in downtown Santa Cruz, to conjoin the high tech industry with the environmental movement, with a special emphasis on computer simulated environmental remediation (CSER), in collaboration with Ralph Abraham and the Visual Math Institute; electric vehicle development (bikes and autos); eco-village, eco-homes, design and implementation for energy conservation and sustainability.

Recent award: 


Distinguished Alumni Award, St. Olaf College, May, l996

Married to Charlene Lee (l956), one daughter, Jessica, married to Aaron Zajac; two granddaughters, Camille and Phoebe, and grandson, Jack.



Antiquarian book collector (herbals and botanicals and architecture–Palladio); voracious reader with a large library; sailing; gardening; lecturing.



Edmund Carpenter, /anthropologist, 222 Central Park So. New York, New York, 10019

Huston Smith, philosopher, Berkeley, California

Howard Hong, philosopher and translator of Kierkegaard, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Ralph Abraham, mathematician, Visual Math Institute, Sash Mill, Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060

Sim Van Der Ryn, architect and environmentalist, Sausalito, Ca.

Adelaide DeMenil, philanthropist and art collector, 222 Central Park So. NY, N.Y., 10019

Senator Robert Kerrey, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

Mary Holmes, art historian, Santa Cruz, Ca.

Works in progress:

A Lullabye For Wittgenstein, a three act play on the assassination of Hitler and the debate between Helmuth Von Moltke (con) and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (pro).

The Long Lost Last Dialogues of Socrates.

Nobler In the Mind, a survey of classical Greek thought from Homer to Plato.

Alan Chadwick and the Paradise Garden, a narrative account of the UCSC Garden Project and its implications for the re-affirmation of organic nature.

The Wayward Reaction, a play based on the smashing of the atom in the U. of Chicago squash court.

“Who Killed Cock Robin?”, a Lecture for Earth Day 30, April 22, 2000

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