McLEOD David G. McLeod On Friday, December 18, 2020, COL David G. McLeod, MD, JD, MC, USA, Retired, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away peacefully at the age of 85, by the side of his wife and son at home. He was a gentleman, visionary leader, mentor and patient advocate. David was truly devoted to his family, his patients and the practice of medicine. He was loved and respected by all those whose lives he touched. After a distinguished military career that began in the U.S. Marine Corps and spanned more than four decades, Dr. McLeod retired at the rank of Colonel. He joined the Army Medical Department in 1964, after graduating from the University of North Carolina with bachelor's and Doctor of Medicine degrees. He is a highly decorated soldier with service as a clearing platoon leader and medical company commander of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. His military awards and decorations include the Combat Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, The Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. Dr. McLeod served as Program Director in Urology and Chief of Urologic Oncology at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC for many years prior to founding the Center for Prostate Disease Research. He is a Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery (Urology) at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. McLeod earned his Juris Doctor from Northern Virginia Law School. He was a member of numerous professional societies and served as President of the American Foundation of Urologic Disease (now known as the American Urological Association Foundation) and past President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urologic Association. He was also a member of The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia and the DC Bar. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Claudia Williams McLeod. He is also survived by his beloved children: Lt Col David Gwin McLeod, Jr., USAF, Retired and step-daughter, Claudia Ayvette Sailer and adored grandchildren, Kevin G. McLeod, Anne M. and Joseph L. Sailer. David also leaves behind his two surviving brothers, CW04 John Woodley McLeod, USMC, Retired and Waverly Thomas McLeod. The McLeod family extends their deepest gratitude to the medical staff of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for their indefatigable care and support given to "The Chief" throughout his illness. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Prostate Disease Research c/o The Henry M. Jackson Foundation in David's honor. A funeral service at the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Meyer, VA and interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.A funeral service at the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Meyer, VA and interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 20, 2020.