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Lee Hough, Vice President of Alive Communications, Succumbs to Brain Tumor after Prolonged Battle | Alive Literary

Lee Hough, Vice President of Alive Communications, Succumbs to Brain Tumor after Prolonged Battle

Lee Hough, July 9, 1955 - September 10, 2013

Lee Hough July 9, 1955 - September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013, Colorado Springs—Lee Hough, Vice President at Alive Communications where he served as a literary agent for 12 ½ years, died peacefully at his Colorado Springs home this morning after more than a two-year battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor,” reported Alive’s President Rick Christian. He was 58.

Hough’s clients included industry luminaries Terri Blackstock, Vicki Courtney, Tim Downs, Jen Hatmaker, Miles McPherson, Nancy Rue, Randy Singer, Rich Stearns, Mark Tabb and Lynn Vincent. He represented such noteworthy books as the NY Times bestseller Same Kind of Different as Me, along with The Hole in Our Gospel, The Sacred Acre, Never Surrender, The Blood of Lambs, and Seven. He also shepherded bestselling novels including Plague Maker, Predator and The Reluctant Prophet.

Among Lee Hough's trophies as a literary agent

Among Lee Hough's trophies as a literary agent

Hough’s wife Paula told Christian that Lee mercifully was spared serious pain as he was ushered into heaven where there is no pain. Throughout this season of health reversal, she said he never complained and remained extraordinarily grateful and kind. “Thank you,” were the words most often heard from him as he neared his transition to the next stage of eternity.

A Celebration of Life service will be held soon in Ft. Worth, TX at the church pastored by the man who led Hough to the Lord. This will be followed by a gathering of friends and family in Colorado Springs. Details will be posted on his Caring Bridge web page.

“When I was last with Lee, we had a sweet but tear-filled time with our spouses,” Christian said. “He understood his present reality and had a keen anticipation of meeting Christ soon. I relayed the immense outpouring of love and prayers that I’ve received on his behalf from so many of his industry friends, and he smiled about that. He was also grateful to hear that his client-friends were being well cared for. He was fully engaged, though he listened more than he talked, and was clearly tired. But there were glimpses of Lee in all his Lee-ness: laughing at certain stories, expressing gratitude for the Lifetime Achievement Award presented him at the recent International Christian Retail Show, reaching out to squeeze my wife’s arm, extending a final hug that never quit, and flashing a million-watt smile as we parted.”

“Hospice had given him two canes at that point, but he insisted on walking us to the car without them,” Christian added. “He hugged Paula tightly from the side and both shouted their love as we backed out of the drive. He stepped behind her a moment later, wrapped his arms tightly around her waist, and then almost on cue they both raised their arms like two eagles in flight, reminding me of the line from Frost, ‘Wing to wing and oar to oar.’ Such has been their love and such it will remain.”

In a personal letter to clients and industry friends, Christian wrote: “Thank you for bathing Lee and Paula and our staff in prayer. Our hearts, like yours, remain raw and fragile, even as we lean into the arms of our Lord. May his peace be yours as you reflect on his life and death. Let’s together celebrate the legacy of a great agent, industry leader, friend, and brother in Christ. Let’s also commit to finishing our individual races as well as Lee did.”

Christian closed his letter, “Peace of the Lord, friends. Heaven is near.” – RC


Comments (7)

7 Responses

  1. Charles Robinson Says:

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of this wonderful man with those of us who never had the opportunity to know him. Praying for your family and his. Blessings, Charles

  2. craig featherstone Says:

    Lee’s life was filled with the sweet mixture of strength and kindness. An honorable Christ follower who honored others with dignity and care. I will miss his friendship on this side.

  3. Terri Cook Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Hough’s death. My husband died of the same kind of brain tumor. I pray that God will give his family strength in this difficult time.

  4. Hugh and Kathy Ross Says:

    Before we met Lee, we had little idea what literary agents do. He was a huge help in propelling our books and our ministry forward. His friends here at Reasons To Believe are stunned and saddened and eternally grateful for this man’s life.

  5. Dan Johnson Says:

    It is crazy how time spent in Waco,Texas created some memories and moments that last into the life we live for! Such were the moments with Lee…and now he is experiencing the Joy of that life-long pursuit of his!

  6. Jackie M. Johnson Says:

    Lee Hough was a stellar individual. A caring friend, a successful colleague and a loving husband and family man…He will be missed. My prayers for comfort go to his wife, family, the wonderful people at Alive Communications and all who knew this amazing man.

  7. Renee Says:

    Lee was my young life leader when i was a sophmore in high school in 1975. I am now going to be 54 yrs old in Nov.2013. The seeds you plant you may never see come to fruition but plant them anyway. Lee and his sidekick back in the day, Norman Buckley were a huge inspiration and tons of fun. Rest in peace Lee. Oh, and thank you. Very much.

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