Edward Leonard, our truly loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend, died Saturday, December 28th at his home in Maryland. His wife, Ann, children and grandchildren were with him. We will all miss him terribly, while remembering he had a long and good life filled with adventure, love, family, and science. We remember him for his strength, his loyalty, his dedication to his family, his determination and focus, the life he opened up for us in a multitude of ways.
Edward s pleasures included a real love for travel and new places, one he passed along to his children. His last overseas adventure, despite his advancing Parkinson s, was a trip to Ethiopia with his son, David. At home the garden, his compost pile, fixing all and sundry in the house and yard, tending his bees filled his days. Summers on the Vineyard: bushwacking through the brush in Gay Head, canoeing in the Vineyard sound, spearfishing for tautog, and nurturing his gooseberries. A Master Gardener, his care for and interest in flora was an abiding part of his life.
A graduate of Boston Public Latin School, Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, he was one of the original Clinical Fellows at the National Institutes of Health. Edward retired from a 49 year career at the NIH where he was Director of the Immunopathology Section in Laboratory of Immunobiology of the National Cancer Institute. He studied and identified macrophages, neutrophils and their chemo-attractant factors, a major accomplishment. His engaged and devoted mentorship of Post Doctoral students contributed to the rich activity and advancement of this area of research.
Most importantly, his real love was his family and friends, friendships that flourished for a lifetime. He leaves behind his wife; his children, Michael , Julie, David, Claudia, and Ethan; his children-in-law Meg, Joel, Kim, and Amanda; and eleven grandchildren.
Gestures of sympathy may be sent to Sheriffs Meadow Foundation on Martha s Vineyard http://www.sheriffsmeadow.org/ or Physicians for a National Health Program http://www.pnhp.org/