Peter Leyden III, 87, died March 8 of natural causes at his home in Annapolis. Born in Laconia, New Hampshire, August 28, 1926, he spent his childhood in Flushing, New York, before attending Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, where he was president of his class, captain of the football team as well as a diver and lacrosse player. He served in the Navy during World War II. After graduating from Colgate University, Pete became a high school history teacher and later principal of Lynbrook High School on Long Island. During retirement in the Shenandoah mountains of Lexington, Virginia, and later in Annapolis, he continued to serve as president of his Mount Hermon class, as treasurer for a hospital auxiliary. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Winifred Quinn Leyden. He is survived by his five children (Mary Lehr of Annapolis, Peter Martin Leyden of Northfield, Massachusetts, Thomas Leyden of Princeton, New Jersey, Robert Leyden of Bowie and Kathleen Lynch of Temecula, California) and their spouses; and 12 grandchildren, Michael, Robert, John and Jessica Lehr and Jennifer Sanders; Peter IV and Daniel Leyden; Taylor Leyden; Christopher Latorre and Eric Leyden; and Kerry and Matthew Lynch. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, March 13 at St. Andrew by the Bay Church, 701 College Pkwy in Annapolis. Interment will take place April 5 at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Leyden Awards for musical and athletic excellence at Mount Hermon School, One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354. Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Mar. 12, 2014