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Adele Iris Leight

Louisville - Adele Leight (born Markowitz) died on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Louisville. She was 94. Adele was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Louisville with her husband, Dr. Leonard Leight in 1954. After graduating from Brooklyn College, she trained as a social worker at Tulane and Columbia Universities and worked as a family therapist at the Family and Children's Agency in Louisville for many years. She later opened a private practice in family therapy.

Adele was a committed and vibrant member of the community who gave freely of her time and energy to support the arts in Louisville. She served on the Boards of the Speed Museum of Art, the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts (KMAC), and most recently the Kentucky Opera. She loved art and music. In the course of their 69-year marriage Adele and Leonard amassed a large collection of glass and ceramics that has been partially and will be fully donated to the Speed Art Museum. The Center for Women and Families named her a Woman of Distinction in 2006.

Although she lived for many years in Louisville, she remained a Brooklyn girl at heart, devoted to half-sour pickles, corned beef, pastrami and Nathan's hot-dogs. She loved licorice, lemon meringue pie, and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Dr. Leonard Leight, her children Peter, Jonathan, and Jenna Leight, and eight grandchildren. The burial will be private, and a memorial celebration will be held later this summer.

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to either the Speed Art Museum or the Kentucky Opera Association.
Published in The Courier-Journal on June 13, 2018
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