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Reid Hayward Leonard, 95, of Pensacola passed away peacefully on November 30, 2013. He went to be with his wife, Mary Jane, of 67 years who preceded him in death. His sister, Eleanor Winifred, and brother, Kenneth Leonard also preceded him in death.

Reid was born August 28, 1918 in Littleton, New Hampshire to Reid Smith Leonard and Goldie May Hayward. He grew up in Derby, Vermont also called the Northeast Kingdom.

He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Vermont, Master's Degree from West Virginia, and a Doctor's Degree in Agricultural Chemistry with minor in Forest Products from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Reid married Mary Jane Kreko in 1946. During WWII he worked at Forest Products Laboratories and shortly after worked in a vanilla factory in Wausau, Wisconsin. After moving to Pensacola in 1947 he worked at Newport Industries in Research & Development for 14 years on the chemical conversion of wood, specifically making levulinic acid from pine tree stumps. He next ran the Clinical Laboratory at Baptist Hospital. He decided to start his own chemical laboratory at his home in East Hill on Escambia Avenue and in 1964 built a new house and moved his laboratory to Brent Lane.

When he retired from chemistry he concentrated on artistic woodworking. Reid was active in the formation of Pensacola Artists Inc. and their Quayside Art Gallery. He was elected honorary lifetime member of that organization in 1981.

He is survived by his sons, Reid Leland of Pensacola; Paul Pearce and wife Shirley of Houston, Texas; Dalton Cole and wife Tracy of Marietta, Georgia; and three granddaughters, Courtney Elaine and husband Jeff Lyons of Houston, Texas; Abigail Christine of Athens, Georgia; and Olivia Claire of Marietta, Georgia.

The funeral service, officiated by Dr. Ron Wilcoxson, will be held at East Hill Baptist Church 3960 Spanish Trail Pensacola, FL 32504 on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at 1pm, with visitation one hour prior. A reception will follow at the family home. Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2013
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