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Robert L. Leonard 1937-2021

Robert L. Leonard

June 19, 1937 - September 24, 2021

Robert L. Leonard passed away peacefully at his home in Tolland on Friday, September

24 surrounded by his family.

Bob was born in Lexington, NC on June 19, 1937, he graduated from North Carolina

State University and earned a PhD degree at the University of California, Berkley. Bob

spent 34 years teaching and doing research at the University of Connecticut in

Agricultural Economics. He also worked in Washington, DC under special appointments

to the Army Corps of Engineers where he collaborated on the Clean Water Act of 1972

which serves to protect US waters from pollutants.

He is survived by his beloved wife Mary (Cady) Leonard, daughter Allison Altieri and her

husband Jason of Mansfield and his stepdaughter Alison Cady of Stafford Springs, and

daughter-in-law Michele Cady. Also his grandchildren Eve and Jonas Altieri, and Taylor,

Ian and Aidan Cady who he cherished spending time with especially sailing Fisher’s

Island Sound and their many trips to Block Island aboard his sailboat. He is also

survived by brothers Banks Leonard of Memphis, TN, Kenneth Leonard of Manila,

Philippines and Paul Leonard of Lexington, NC.

He was predeceased by his parents Ida (Miller) Leonard and Virgil Lee Leonard of

Lexington, NC, his son and sailing buddy, Robert Marcus ‘Marc’ Leonard, and stepson

Scott Cady.

Following his retirement in 1997 he found time to devote himself to his many interests:

family, sailing which included a 9-month cruise down the intracoastal waterway from

Stonington, CT to Key West, Fl. and back, traveling, gardening and generally fixing

anything that broke.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bob’s name to a charity of your


A private celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

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