Lee Putnam retired as an emeritus specialist after a long career at the University of Hawaiʻi. Putnam served in a variety of administrative and leadership positions at the university including associate university librarian, assistant vice president for academic affairs and specialist in the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity.
She attended the University of Minnesota High School and Grinnell College. She earned a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado, an MA in library science from the University of Chicago and a PhD in library and information science from the University of Maryland.
As a community volunteer, Putnam serves as a trustee of the Hawaiʻi Veterans Memorial Fund, tutored at Hālawa and chaired a Blue Ribbon Panel for the Board of Education.
Her favorite pastime is reading. Since retiring, she has been taking classes at UH Mānoa in literature, history and music.