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Albert Jean Edward Leigh died peacefully at home in Brookline MA on August 27th, 2015. He was the son of Sophia Nagel and Albert Jean Edward Leigh of Brooklyn N.Y.. He was predeceased by his wife Edith Tillis Gray, who died in 1969, shortly after their marriage, and by her daughter Margo. He is survived by Edith's daughter Kendall Gray. Edith, prior to her marriage, lived on Walnut Street, also in Brookline, and she had a good friend across the street, artist Mary (Polly) Shakespeare. On her deathbed, Edith asked Albert to care for Kendall, and asked her friend Polly to look after Albert. Kendall lived with Albert until his death. Albert and Polly became devoted friends, which continued for over 40 years, until Polly's death in 2011. Albert graduated from Brooklyn Tech Secondary School in 1937 and became a student at Columbia College of Columbia University in New York, majoring in chemistry and graduating in 1944, at which time the U.S.Navy entered him in the Naval Midshipmen School at Cornell University in Ithica N.Y., followed by studies in advanced chemistry at R.P.I. in Troy N.Y. Albert spent the next three years with the Office of Naval Reserch branch office in N.Y., and then transferred to the newly formed National Science Foundation in Washington as a science administrator. Albert has worked as a grants adminstrator at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and for the Archdiocese of Boston, where he was the Director of Grants and Contracts until he retired at age 62. He knew everything about everything said one old friend And yet he didn't make you feel like a know-nothing says another. Albert was an especially well read individual with a keen mind and a golden heart. His interests were many, including art, history, politics, geography and science. He was talented at the piano, and especially looked forward to Tuesday afternoons when a group of his musician friends would meet at his house to play chamber music. Although he had no children of his own, several families claim him as an Uncle-by-Affection leaving lots of family-by-affection mourning him. A Celebration of Albert's life will be held at Bell O'Dea Funeral Parlor, 376 Washington Street, in Brookline Village, on Saturday October 31st at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachussetts Audubon Society.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, 2015
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