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LEFF, JOSEPH MICHAEL Former New Haven resident, Joseph Michael Leff, 48, died of unknown causes in his home in Santa Monica, California, on May 15, 2014. He was born in New York, New York on July 23, 1965. He was a graduate of Edgewood School, Sheridan Middle School, and Hillhouse High School. He received a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.A. from University of Connecticut, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. Joe was a writer, a poet, a tutor, a fitness mentor and a friend. His wit was legendary and he was always ready for an adventure. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Susan Leff and Edward T. Davis, his brother and sister-in-law, Benjamin and Lisa Leff, his nephews, Adam and Meyer Leff, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father Arthur Allen Leff. Memorial donations may be made to the , or to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, where they will be used to support the adult literacy program at which Joe was a tutor for many years.
Published in The New Haven Register on June 22, 2014
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