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Robert Leavenworth

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Robert Leavenworth

Virginia Beach - Robert Alan Leavenworth, 79, Captain USNR-Ret, died on June 30, 2014 after an eight month battle with cancer. Born on Dec. 12, 1934 in Concord, NH to Ammie Alice Coates Leavenworth Magliano (Hanover NH/Virginia Beach, VA) and Lester Stanley Levene Leavenworth (Chelsea MA/Virginia Beach, VA) both predeceased. Bob was also predeceased by his first wife, Frances Mae Wilson Leavenworth (Norfolk, VA / Apalachin, NY) and step-dad Claude "Rod" Magliano (Virginia Beach, VA).

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife Beatrice Ranney Leavenworth of Endicott, NY/Virginia Beach; three daughters Elaine Ruth Leavenworth and partner David Phinney of Washington DC/Chicago IL; Rebecca Faye Leavenworth Cain and husband James of Gillett PA; and Tracy Jeanne Leavenworth and wife Mary Gilmore of Owego, NY; two step children Michael Frate and fiancé Lori Scott of Virginia Beach, Va; and Lisa Frate Marle and husband Simon Marle of Virginia Beach, Va; five grandchildren Tyler (I) Watkins, Samantha Watkins, Tyler (II) Gould, Logan Marle and Trenton Marle.

During the 30's and 40's, Bob enjoyed a nomadic youth as a camp chaser of heavy engineering projects or military bases. Settling in southern California after WWII, Bob graduated from Oxnard, CA high school, then attended one year at Stanford, before transferring to THE University of Virginia with an NROTC scholarship. At THE University, he was recognized by ETA KAPPA NU, TAU BETA PI, OMIRCRON DELTA KAPPA, Raven Society, Exec Dorm Counselor and NROTC unit XO. Graduating with a BEE degree and Ensign USN, Bob spent six months at Sandia Base NM in Elect & Nuclear Weapons training before moving on to NUCWEPTRACENPAC, Coronado CA. There he was in weapons training and one deployment aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61) enroute from NORVA to Alameda CA.

After active duty, Bob returned to graduate school at The University of Pennsylvania and received his MSEE Degree. He then joined IBM Federal Systems Division in Owego, NY in 1962, engaged in defense weapon system integration and development. He retired from Owego, NY in September 1995. While working for IBM, he was fortunate to be selected for The Modern Engineering Program at Syracuse University from Sept. 1974 May 1975. During his tenure with IBM, he was sent to Defense Weapon Systems Management Course held at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. Concurrently he maintained an active role in the US Naval Reserves retiring in 1987 as a Captain USNR-R.

In the 1950's, Bob developed an enthusiasm for skiing which led him to join the National Ski Patrol from 1986 to the present. He patrolled at Greek Peak Resorts, in Cortland, NY and Wintergreen Resorts in Nellysford, Va. Additionally, he offered volunteer services for the Virginia Beach Community Response Team (VB CERT) and the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) as a citizen's corps volunteer. After surviving a heart attack in 2006 he also became a volunteer for the Mended Hearts Int local chapter 233 providing comfort and support to other heart attack survivors.

Bob is an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church on 4200 Shore Drive, Va Beach. There will be a memorial celebration and internment with Pastor Harry Griffith officiating at the Our Savior Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 2:00 pm with a reception in the Carbaugh Hall following. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to a .


Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 3, 2014
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