Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory - Barrington - Barrington
149 West Main Street
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-3411
More Obituaries for C. LEYDIG
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?


Obituary Condolences

C. Frederick Leydig, age 87, passed away April 17 at his home in Barrington with his wife of 62 years, Patricia, by his side. Fred was born in Denver, CO, grew up in Detroit, MI. He attended and was a proud alum of the Jesuit University of Detroit High School. In the midst of World War II, Fred earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering (1945) from the Illinois Institute of Technology through the Navy's V-12 officer training program, was commissioned an Ensign and served aboard the battleship USS New Jersey. While attending IIT, he earned varsity letters in tennis and basketball. As IIT's "giant" center, Fred played against such future basketball greats as George Mikan and Otto Graham. Attending night school, Fred received his J.D. from DePaul Law School in 1950. He was employed in the patent department of Standard Oil Company and, in 1954, joined the intellectual property firm of Carlson, Pitzner, Hubbard & Wolf which later came to bear his name: Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd. He became one of the nation's preeminent intellectual property attorneys. Testament to his leadership in the firm and renown as a lawyer, the firm continues to bear his name more than 20 years after his retirement. Along the way, Fred was Chairman of Young Republicans of Illinois (1953-55), President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (1980), President of the United Way of Arlington Heights (1965-66), and board member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Law Club of Chicago. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fred married Patricia Schwefer in 1949. Together they shared a wonderful life raising a family, enjoying sports with family and friends and, simply, being together until the very end. Fred will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed. Sadly, Fred was predeceased by his eldest son, Gregory, in 2010. Fred is survived by his loving daughters, Deborah (Bruce) Pfaff and Suzann (Lothar) Schubring; his son, Gary (Laurie); and by his grandchildren, Liza Pfaff O'Donoghue, Samuel Pfaff (Angela), Jessica Korzelik, Max Schubring, Marc Schubring, Ralf Schubring, Katharine Leydig and Kristen Leydig. Donations can gratefully be made to the , Barrington Chapter, www.cancer.org or Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, www.hospiceanswers.com. Visitation is Friday, April 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 149 W. Main St. (Lake Cook Rd.), Barrington, IL and from 9:30 until Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne Church, 120 Ela St. (at the corner of Franklin St.), Barrington. Inurnment private. You may leave online condolences at, www.davenportfamily.com or call847-381-3411 for information.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2012
Read More
Planning Guide
Free funeral planning guide compliments of Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory - Barrington - Barrington