Leon Cole

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Cole, Leon Monroe

Leon Monroe Cole, Ph.D., passed away January 7, 2017, at age 83. His wife, Jeannie Campbell Tudor Cole, to whom he was married for 45 years, predeceased him in 2006.

A memorial service will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, at The Hearthstone, 6720 East Green Lake Way N, Seattle, WA 98103. A reception will follow from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

His ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, next to Jeannie's, at a date to be determined.

Dr. Cole was born and raised in Dallas, TX, the youngest of five children. He attended Southern Methodist University, where he earned a B.S. in civil engineering, graduating magna cum laude. He entered the U.S. Naval Reserve through the naval flight officer training program, and served four years of active duty, from 1956 to 1960, primarily in the western Pacific.

In 1960, he began graduate studies at the University of Washington, where he met fellow student Jeannie Campbell Tudor. The two were married in Tacoma, WA, on April 1, 1961â€"no fooling.

Leon earned a Master's Degree in Engineering from UW, while Jeannie earned a teaching certificate. The pair then moved to Boston, where he entered graduate school at Harvard, going on to earn a second master's (1963) and a doctorate in urban planning (1965).

Dr. Cole taught at Harvard for an additional two years before being invited to join the newly created US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC. He was recruited by the University of Texas in 1969, where he served for four years as professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Community Regional Planning.

In 1973, Dr. Cole's career took him back to Washington, DC, where he joined the Congressional Research Service as a senior specialist in transportation. He was soon promoted to Chief of the Economics Division, a position he held for the remainder of his career. During his work for Congress, Dr. Cole maintained his active reserve status in the US Navy, eventually rising to the rank of Captain.

Leon retired in 1993, and he and Jeannie moved to Albuquerque, NM, where they explored the beauty of the American Southwest, and he also designed and built his dream house.

Following Jeannie's passing in 2006, Dr. Cole moved to Seattle to be near family. He spent his remaining years at The Hearthstone, where he made many friends amongst both residents and staff. He is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Kevin, and a daughter, Susanna; two grandchildren, Sawyer and Amelia; and by his brother Tom.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 1, 2017
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