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Dr. Richard Leonards

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Dr. Richard Leonards

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, trusted friend, and retired pediatrician, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his devoted family on September 17, 2013. He was born in Shafter, California, on November 7, 1925. At six years of age, he knew he wanted to be a doctor. His passion for medicine led him to UCLA for his undergraduate studies and Stanford University for his medical degree. As part of his professional career, he served on the Board of Directors at California Pacific Medical Center and was Vice Chief of Pediatrics and Acting Chief of Pediatrics. He served on the American Board of Pediatrics from 1972 to 1995.

Richard loved the French horn and played music with the Bohemian Club for many decades. He was an outdoor enthusiast with farm boy strength who scaled mountains and rode century bike rides in his seventies. His love of the nature, medicine, music, children, church, and family prompted him to support a wide range of institutions. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon, or any organization of your choice that helps children, protects the environment, or supports the arts.

Dr. Leonards, affectionately known as Gappa by his loving family, is survived by three daughters, Tanya Renner, Janet Leonards, and Elizabeth Ekenstedt, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The celebration of his life is on Saturday, September 28th, at 11:00am, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 26, 2013
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