Lee Terry Bacheler of Chapel Hill passed away at home surrounded by her immediate family on Saturday, March 23rd. Lee was the daughter of Barbara and the late Albert Bacheler of Pittsburgh, PA. She is survived by her husband of 30 years Michael T. Largen, her son Stephen T. Largen ( Columbia, SC), her sister, Virginia ( Skip Battaglia) of Rochester, NY, and her sister-in-law Cheryl Largen (Reno, NV).
By the age of 15, Lee knew that science would be her career focus. After receiving her degree in Biology at Brown University, Lee completed her Ph.D. in Biology at Johns Hopkins University. A post-doctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute in San Diego sparked Lee's career focus in virology. She was a faculty member at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia where she met her husband, Mike. She was on the cutting edge of anti-HIV drug research in both pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. In her career at DuPont and DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals she was a key member of the development team for efavirenz, one of the key anti-HIV drugs still in use today. Later at Virco, she was the head of a team that developed DNA sequencing of patient HIV samples to guide physicians to select the best anti-HIV drug to treat that individual patient.
Lee's passion for science was matched only by her love for her son Stephen and her husband Mike. She adjusted her research schedule to always be present at Stephen's soccer matches and cross country events. She always traveled with a lawn chair in the trunk of her car, a spectator at the ready for those events.
She was a creative potter, extraordinary cook and energetic gardener, as evidenced by her front garden. Anything Lee undertook blossomed under her care.
A private memorial service and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may send contributions in Lee’s memory to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center CB#7295 UNC at Chapel Hill 27599-7295.