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Dempster McKee, prominent corporation attorney of San Diego, where he has been continuously engaged in practice for nearly a quarter century, is a member of the firm of Wright & McKee, with offices on the sixth floor of the Southern Title & Trust Company Building. He was born in Nashua, Iowa, August 20, 1886, his parents being the Rev. L. U. and Blanche (King) McKee, natives of Iowa and Illinois, respectively. The father spent practically all his active life as a Methodist minister, serving a number of pastorates in Iowa, and on retiring from the pulpit came to California in 1907. He made his home in San Diego until his death, which occurred in 1914, when he had attained the age of sixty-two years. Dempster McKee is the elder of two living children of Rev. and Mrs. McKee, his sister being Mrs. Ed Kennedy of Los Angeles.

Dempster McKee was reared in Iowa but was graduated from the central high school of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1902. His more advanced educational training was acquired at Cornell College of Iowa, from which institution he received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. In specific preparation for a professional career he entered the law department of the University of Michigan, which conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the Michigan bar in 1909, came to San Diego in September of the same year and was admitted to the California bar. His ability in the work of the courts brought him growing reputation and in 1915 he became associated with the law firm of Wright & Winnek, which continued as Wright, Winnek & McKee until 1917, when the present style of Wright & McKee was adopted. Mr. McKee is counselor for a number of business corporations, also engages in general law practice and has long enjoyed high standing among the leading representatives of his profession in San Diego city and county. He served as assistant district attorney of San Diego from 1911 to 1915, and he is a member of both the San Diego Bar Association and the California Bar Association.

On the 28th of December, 1910, in San Diego, Mr. McKee was united in marriage to Miss Lois Andrews, daughter of Judge C. M. Andrews, of the superior court of San Diego, and his wife, Marie (Baldwin) Andrews. Mrs. McKee was born, reared and educated in Minnesota. By her marriage she has become the mother of three children: Mary Alice, who is secretary in the San Diego State Teachers College; John Dempster (Jack), a senior in high school; and Richard Andrews, who is a junior high school student.

In his political views Mr. McKee is a Republican. At the time of the World War he rendered patriotic service to the government as a Four-Minute speaker and also on the local legal advisory board. He is a member of the University Club of San Diego, the Sigma Nu fraternity and San Diego Lodge, No. 168, B. P. O. E. When leisure permits he indulges his fondness for hunting.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 521-522, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.