LEONARD J. MODZELEWSKI

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MODZELEWSKI LEONARD JAMES MODZELEWSKI Of Ellicott City, MD died peacefully on March 13, 2014 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia, MD after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Len was born on May 24, 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA, son of Leo and Bertha (Zalewski) Modzelewski. As a youngster, Len took up the game of tennis, under the tutelage of his police officer father, and in time he became a ranked junior tournament player. He appeared on the cover of Roto, a magazine insert of The Pittsburgh Press. As a student at Central Catholic High School for Boys, Len was a three-time recipient of the prestigious Duquesne University Plaque, in recognition of academic and athletic excellence. Len's tennis ranking also earned him an invitation to participate in the elite U18 USTA Boys National Championships. After two years of service in the U.S. Army, Len joined the University of Maryland tennis team in 1962 and was a member of the team which won the 1964 ACC Tennis Championship. In 1966 Len and his partner won the ACC Men's Doubles title; he is listed in the UMD's tennis records and souvenir book under "All Time Men's Tennis Letter Winners," where his photograph also appears. Len graduated from the University in January 1967 with a B.S. degree in Physical Education. Len taught physical education at Hyattsville Junior High School in Prince Georges County for twenty-five years. He was known as "Mr. M" to the many students he taught over the years. Len was predeceased by his parents and by his sister, Dolores Schmidt. Len is survived by his loving wife, Linda, and three children: Leonard J. Modzelewski, Jr.; Marnie Benson Gaudreault (Janick); and Todd Davis (Nancy). He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Maxim, Olivia and Shane-Liam Gaudreault; Joshua Modzelewski and Sarah Modzelewski-Murphy; and Meghan and Luke Davis. Len's granddaughter, Olivia, is currently a freshman member of the women's tennis team at UMD. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 37 St. Paul St, Ellicott City, MD on Monday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution in Len's name may consider: Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund (designated to Women's Tennis) - 2707 Comcast Center, College Park, MD 20742, 301-314-7020.

Published in The Washington Post from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2014
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