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Leslie Patrick Coyle, Jr

Leslie Patrick Coyle, Jr., a native of Redondo Beach, national champion track athlete, journalist, diplomat and author passed away at his home in Canyon Country, CA, on October 2, 2015, after contracting lung cancer. He was 81. Coyle was raised at 109 Guadalupe Street in Redondo Beach. He attended St. James School and Redondo High School where he was a standout sprinter. Coyle was offered a track scholarship by legendary USC coach Jess Mortensen and he earned three varsity letters, 1954-56. He was a member of two NCAA championship teams (1954-1955) and at the 1956 Pacific Coast Conference meet; Coyle won the 100 yard dash championships. After graduation from USC, Coyle joined the United States Army where he was assigned to Japan as an intelligence analyst. Following his military service, Coyle joined the Copley Press as a reporter and, later, the United States Information Service and posted to Chile where he was responsible for introducing the rapidly modernizing country to United States culture, including music, arts and cinema. In 1982, Coyle published the World Encyclopedia of Food and followed that with publication of Cooks' Books: An Affectionate Guide to the Literature of Food and Cooking in 1985. Then for many years, Coyle was a familiar face at the reference desks of the Redondo Beach and Santa Monica Public Libraries. He is survived by his sister, Ellen Ann Gonazles; daughter, Kathleen; son, James; and grandchildren, Felix Velazquez and Helen Coyle. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 27, 2015
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