Dr. Herbert L. Kee a highly regarded neighborhood family doctor, retired from medical practice in 1997. He is a beloved physician by his patients at Gouverneur Hospital and the families on the Lower Eastside and Chinatown. He practiced from a brownstone on Oliver Street treated patients, made home visits to the infirm elderly regardless of their ability to pay.
Dr. Kee, formerly an engineer was inspired to study medicine after a visit to the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. Today, Dr. Kee continues to support the hospital in Haiti.
In the summer of 1965 Herbert Kee and his wife Virginia worked together to bring in the first Youth Program and Headstart Program to Chinatown. As partners, they were the founders of CPC, the Chinese-American Planning Council. As a couple they continue to support this most important social service nonprofit organization for Asian-Americans. They have donated an endowment fund at CPC.
Dr. Kee was one of the early supporters of the Chinatown Health Clinic. He volunteered there after his own office hours. He has mentored many young people and has influenced a number of them towards a career in medicine. He still serves as a volunteer for the Clinic.
Dr. Kee is the elected Democratic District Leader in the 65th Assembly District, Part D. He was appointed as a delegate to National Democratic Presidential Conventions in 2000, and in 2008. Dr. Kee serves on the Board of Directors of the Hong Ning Senior Housing on Norfolk Street. He is on the Senior Citizens Advisory Board for the MTA.
Together Dr. Herbert Kee and his wife Virginia have founded several scholarships for needy students at his alma maters Rensselar Polytechnical Institute and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kee was also instrumental in creating a bridge for scholarships for students from Brooklyn Tech to RPI.