Henry Boyer Leader Esquire
1922 - 2015
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COMMUNITY LEADER Henry Boyer Leader, 93, of York, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Country Meadows of Leader Heights, Pine Grove Road, York, Pennsylvania. Henry was born in a small farmhouse on that same Pine Grove Road in York, Pennsylvania, on January 7, 1922, to Guy Alvin and Beulah Naomi (Boyer) Leader. He was their fifth of seven children. Through the eighth grade, Henry attended one-room schoolhouses, where his thirst for learning resulted in rapid advancement through the grades. He graduated from William Penn Senior High School in 1932, and at age 16, was admitted to Swarthmore College, where he met his future wife, Dorrie Morrell. Their 66-year marriage was infused with a shared passion for justice, community, love of family, the deepest respect for one another, and an enduring romance that has been a model to his children and friends. After his 1942 graduation from Swarthmore, with honors, Henry began his education at Yale Law School in a year-round program designed for those entering the service. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from January 1943 - May 1946, including over a year as a member of the 341st Signal Company in Torremaggiori, Italy. After qualifying with one of the two highest test scores in the Mediterranean Theater, he was appointed Warrant Officer JG and later Chief Warrant Officer (Administration) in Naples, Italy, ultimately serving as the Base Personnel Officer. On June 8, 1946, he and Dorrie married and moved to New Haven, Connecticut, so that Henry could complete law school. He was a member of the Board of Editors of Yale Law Journal and the Order of the Coif, graduating in the top ten percent of his class in 1947. In 1948, he became associated in the practice of law with McClean Stock. Ultimately, they formed The Law Offices of Stock and Leader. Of his many accomplishments, Henry remained most proud of the firm he helped to found and how he shaped the culture of the firm, emphasizing the highest standards of legal acumen, ethics, and client and community service. He was always generous with his legal skills and clear thinking, the living embodiment of a philosophy that placed people first. Henry was a lifelong Democrat and a proud liberal. In 1955, his brother, Governor George M. Leader, tapped Henry to serve as his Legislative Secretary. In this role, Henry acted as liaison between the governor and the legislature and also played an active policy role in the administration. Henry was "York, PA" through and through and his love for his home community was reflected in his predictable remark upon return from family road trips as the car crossed the County line: "Have you seen any place as beautiful as this?!" His and Dorrie's devotion to the City of York is threaded throughout their lives. In 1957, Henry was appointed Chair of both the Housing Authority and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York, chairing the Housing Authority until 1968 and serving the better part of forty years on the Redevelopment Authority Board, including 31 years as Chair. He was immensely proud of his contribution to eliminating blighted areas in the City such as the demolition of the abandoned A.B. Farquhar plant on North George Street, which led to commercial and community development in the area. Over many years of service, he would participate in countless decisions and projects to move toward a vision of a city renaissance. From 1956, when he co-founded York Electrical Supply Company, to 1988 when as sole owner he sold the company to the employees, Henry enjoyed the success of bringing a startup company into full fruition. Henry served as a Director and the President of the Historical Society of York County for many years, President of United Community Services of York County in the early 1970s, Director of the York County Industrial Development Corp., a Director of Pennsylvania Mental Health, Inc., a Director of Historic York County, Inc., a Director of the Strand-Capital Performing Arts Center, a member of the Board of Governors of York Little Theater and Co-chair of a very successful capitol campaign, a Director for York City Dollars for Scholars, and a Director of the South George Street Community Partnership. Henry and his wife Dorrie were early members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of York, joining in 1955. They raised their four daughters in the church and contributed to the life of UUCY in many supporting and leadership roles. Henry and Dorrie were honored with the City of York Community Service Award and the Exchange Club of York Golden Deeds Award. Their service to their alma mater, including through the Swarthmore Alumni Council, led to the Joseph Shane Award. In 2007, the York County Community Foundation raised over $80,000 for York City Dollars for Scholars and honored them with the named fund: "Henry and Dorrie Leader Education Endowment (2007) Leave A Legacy." Henry also received the York Leadership Award from Mayor Brenner in 2009. Henry brought energy, intelligence, perfectionism, and sense of beauty to everything he did, from his law practice to his landscaping work in his yards in York and Rehoboth Beach to tying the bows on his daughters' Sunday dresses. He was an interesting speaker who often held the floor without challenge whether at the dinner table, lunch at the Lafayette Club, a firm meeting, or a social gathering. He was a nurturing father and was a role model to his daughters, to the many new lawyers who came through Stock and Leader, and to those who served with him in various community enterprises, showing them how caring, learning, and serving gets results. He was well read and enjoyed discussions of his political, social, and religious views, never one to shy away from these forbidden topics. But his kind heart and passion for his subject carried much weight among even his greatest detractors. He was always a gentleman, always caring, extraordinarily generous to his family and community. Even in his final years, his smile and sense of humor won the hearts of his caregivers. Henry is survived by his four daughters and their families: Martha Leader and Landon Rose of Brookline, Massachusetts, and grandson Gabriel Leader-Rose of Brooklyn, New York; Libby Leader and Libby Hill of Washington, D.C., and granddaughter Addie Leader-Zavos of Silver Spring, Maryland; Emily Leader and Henry F. Hain III, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and granddaughter and grandson-in-law Amaya and Chris Bassett and great-granddaughter Selah Bassett of Takoma Park, Maryland; and Julie and Andy Leader-Smith of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and grandsons Alex Leader-Smith of Philadelphia and Adam Leader-Smith of Washington, D.C. Visitation with the family will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 South George Street, York. A memorial service honoring Henry's life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 South George Street, on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon reception. Private burial will be at Salem Union Cemetery, Jacobus, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Henry and Dorrie Leader Education Endowment Fund through the York County Community Foundation, to benefit York City Dollars for Scholars. KuhnerAssociates.com

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Published in York Daily Record on Apr. 8, 2015.
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April 16, 2015
my prayers go out to the family,so sorry for your loss,henry was a wonderful person and will be missed very much,we will miss him at country meadows,god bless
deb mcwilliams
April 16, 2015
Henry was a very kind and caring person. Henry cared a lot about people. I will miss my buddy that was the nick name I will call him with I see him. May God strengthen you in the time of your loss to all of his daughter's.
Kathy Brown
April 13, 2015
Dear Julie and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have very fond memories of great times at your home. Both your parents were always very nice to me. I have fond memories of the times after Jr. Red Cross that you and I played in your Dad's offices. Love to all of you.
Anne Ziolkowski Nixdorf
April 11, 2015
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.
Becky (Lawyer) Carr
April 9, 2015
Emily and Henry - I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Leader - you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

Roberta Thompson
April 9, 2015
My thoughts of sympathy are with the Family and friends of Mr. Leader, as you fondly reflect on his many notable achievements, and lifelong pursuits. May God's guidance, "kindness, and peace be increased to you", throughout this most difficult time.
2 Pet. 1:2
April 9, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Although I only knew Henry for a short time, he was quite a person. It has been interesting to learn more about him and about your whole family and how you are all continuing your Father's legacy.
Ann Kemper
April 8, 2015
With Addie Leader-Zavos at Pendle Hill PA, near Swathmore
I am so proud to be able to count Henry as part of my family. His love of justice is an inspiration.
Dean Hamer
April 8, 2015
Know that you all are in our prayers.

Luv, Heather & Kenny
April 8, 2015
Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. When I saw that you dear Father had passed, I went back to all the fun and joy we had on Linden Ave. Please know that my love and prayers are with you. Your parents hold a special spot in my heart. Love Tuppy
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