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Anita Joyce Leedom


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Anita Joyce Leedom Obituary
November 18, 1934 - December 31, 2016 Anita Leedom passed away peacefully on New Year's Eve following a sudden illness. She was born in Evansville, Indiana and attended the University of Illinois graduating with a B.S. in Commerce and Administration in 1956. There she met her husband, Dr. John Leedom, who was Hastings Professor of Medicine and the Chief of Infectious Disease at the LAC+USC Medical Center. Anita worked as secretary to Congressman Robert H. Michel of Illinois in 1958 and 1959. After giving birth to daughter Liane and son John in the early 1960s she became active in the Medical Faculty Wives at the LAC+USC Medical Center and played a key role in the establishment of the Medical Center Auxillary for Recuitment, Education, and Services or CARES, an NPO which benefits patients by improving their access to quality health care and increasing the comfort of their hospital stay. She soon became Executive Director, a role which she enjoyed until her retirement in 2001. After retiring, she continued her dedication to CARES by volunteering and was still putting price tags on merchandise in the lead-up to Christmas. Anita was a devoted wife and a loving and generous mother and grandmother. She is survived by her sister Diana, daughter Liane, son John, his wife Megan, and 4 grandchildren, Lauren, Heather, Ben, and Ari. A celebration of her life will be held on January 14 from 2pm at the Edmonson Faculty Center on the LAC+USC campus. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to CARES at http://www.lacusccares.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 7, 2017
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