Barbara Bennett Leapard - STATESBORO - Barbara Bennett Leapard died April 26, 2013, in Sylvania, Ohio. She was born on July 17, 1952, to Lovett and Sara Neville Bennett and grew up in Sylvania (Georgia) and Statesboro. Dr. Leapard was a 1970 honor graduate of Statesboro High School and a cum laude graduate of Georgia Southern College with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and German. She earned her master's degree at the University of South Carolina and her doctorate at the University of Toledo. She was a professor of mathematics at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Long recognized as an outstanding mathematics instructor and innovator, Dr. Leapard was twice honored as STAR Teacher and was named outstanding secondary teacher by the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club. At Eastern Michigan, she was honored two years in a row by receiving a Teaching Excellence Award from the Office of the Provost and First Year Center of EMU. In 2003, she received the highest recognition of the university when she was awarded the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award of Eastern Michigan University. She was selected for this award because of her dedication to helping students become more mathematically competent. Her Math in the City project, a field-based course in which future teachers focus on learning mathematics in depth, was cited as an example of her curricular innovation and student mentoring. Dr. Leapard was predeceased by her father Lovett Bennett and her grandparents Robert David and Leona Crews Bennett of Sylvania, and William Gesmon and Marguerite Nunnally Neville of Statesboro. She is survived by her husband David Wilton Leapard; her daughters Sara Elizabeth Leapard Saunders and her husband Dustin Charles Saunders of Hamilton, Ohio, and Emily Allison Leapard of Indianapolis, Indiana; and her grandsons Charles David Saunders and Thomas Lovett Saunders of Hamilton. Survivors also include her mother Sara Neville Bennett; sister Carolyn Bennett Broucek and her husband William Samuel Broucek; and brother Lovett Bennett, Jr., and his wife Missy Mallard Bennett all of Statesboro. Nephews Samuel Josiah Broucek and his wife Michelle Shaw Broucek, William Bennett Broucek, William Lovett Bennett, and Michael Hampton Bennett, all of Statesboro survive her, as well. Additionally, Dr. Leapard is survived by her mother-in-law Edna Leapard of Columbia, South Carolina, and her brother-in-law Mike Leapard and his wife Janet Leapard of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Many aunts, uncles, and cousins are among the survivors. Visitation will be held at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church on Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Eastside Cemetery. Nephews and cousins will serve as pallbearers. A memorial scholarship is being established at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Barbara Bennett Leapard's name. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship fund; to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (Contributions - VEO1FS, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201 or www.karmanos.org/donations); to Promedica Hospice (5340 Harroun Rd., Sylvania, OH 43560); or to a charity of one's choosing. Joiner Anderson Funeral Home Statesboro Chapel Savannah Morning News April 28, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Apr. 28, 2013