Leonard Washington Jr.
1940 - 2020
BORN
1940
DIED
2020
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Lebanon, PA
Leonard Washington, Jr.

Leonard Washington, Jr., departed this life and joined the ancestral plane on May 28, 2020 at the age of 79. He was born on October 6, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the late Leonard and Melba (Hill) Washington. He was preceded in death by his brother Leroy Elliott Washington of New Orleans, LA. Leonard graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans. He continued his education at Dillard University in New Orleans, Howard University in Washington, DC, and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL with a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration degrees respectively.

He joined the staff of the Lebanon VAMC in 1963 as a social worker. In 1969, he moved to Illinois where he was appointed Supervisory Social Worker at the North Chicago VAMC. During the 1970s and early 80s, he held several federal government assignments of increasing responsibility: Hospital Administration Specialist at the VA Central Office in Washington, DC; completed Assistant Director training at the Shreveport LA VAMC; Assistant Director at the Canandaigua, New York VAMC; and the Associate Director at the Brecksville, Ohio VAMC. In 1982, he returned to the Lebanon VAMC where he served as CEO until retiring in December 1998.

For 34 years, Leonard had made it his mission to care for the heroes who had placed their own lives on the line to present the freedom we all enjoy. As the CEO of the Lebanon VAMC, his record of excellence is well documented in Central Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. He committed the VAMC to provide more than just medical service; he made sure the Lebanon VAMC head presence in the community and the region. Under his guidance, the Lebanon VAMC introduced the first mobile screening van in the region, the Camp Hill Outpatient Clinic and a Substance Abuse Unit. These merely scratch the surface of his illustrative accomplishments.

In spite of his busy schedule, he served on several boards and in many community organizations. He was a member of the original planning committee which designed the Leadership Lebanon Valley Program and served as a board member of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was honorary chair of the 1998 Relay for Life in Lebanon and a member of the Lebanon Rotary. He was chair of the Government Relations Committee for the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and retired in 2018 from the board of The United Way of Lebanon County after 35 years. He is a proud 60 year member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity active in the Kappa Omega Chapter and a proud member of the Beta Pi Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. In his spare time, he had been active in area theater productions including the Lebanon Community Theater, Mt. Gretna Playhouse and the Theater of the Seven Sisters. He especially enjoyed his work with Directors Art Ford and the Kreider Brothers.

After his retirement, Leonard was able to continue with his love of traveling, gardening, cooking and reading. In addition to spending time with his family, he immensely enjoyed his Breakfast Prayer Group, the VAMC Dinner/Luncheon Group and his longstanding outings with Phil Feather and Lee Sholly.

Leonard was a faithful and active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he willingly took on leadership positions in the church as Lay Reader, Chair of the Pastor Parish Committee, Choir Member, Men's Breakfast Leader and served on local and district committees.

Leonard received many honors, recognitions and awards, most notably the Founders Day Award from Lebanon Valley College. The Founders Day Award recognizes people whose character and leadership contributed to the enhancement of life in Central Pennsylvania.

Leonard's energy, discipline and selfless years of service have touched many lives directly and indirectly. His smile, wit and dry humor will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Albertine (Tina) Washington; his children: Henry C. Moore and wife Stephanie of La Place, Louisiana; Tracy Felton and husband George (Ammioz) of Suitland, Maryland; and Troy Washington and wife Kim of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He was a blessed grandfather to five grandchildren: Henry C. Moore, Jewllecia Moore, Priel Felton, Logan Washington and Landon Washington. Leonard is also survived by his sister, Myrtle Duffel and her husband Anthony of Marina, CA, his uncle Alfred Washington and special cousin Jazzette Washington of New Orleans, LA, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and scores of wonderful friends. A Celebration of Leonard's Life is planned for the fall. Additional details will be made public at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Leonard Washington Jr., to SAFE FUNDS, Dillard University Office of Development, 2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA, 70122 or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements entrusted to Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, Ltd., Lebanon. To share on line condolences please visit www.porterfieldscheidfh.com





Published by Lebanon Daily News from May 31 to Jun. 1, 2020.
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Mr Washington is an unforgettable wonderful person! A tragic loss for all of us.
Andy Pahountis
Coworker
May 25, 2021
Albertine, I am sorry to hear Leonard has passed. I will be praying for you & your family. Thanks for the wonderful memories of our time together at Dillard. Be at peace, God's got this! Sending lots of love, Althea
Althea McRoyal Jenkins
Classmate
June 17, 2020
Hello Mrs Washington this is Brian Reinhart we spoke at the grocery store awhile back sorry for your loss.
Brian Reinhart
Teacher
June 10, 2020
Hello Mrs Washington this is Brian Reinhart we spoke at the grocery store awhile back sorry for your loss.
June 10, 2020
He was a privlege to call him a friend. I knew him for a while before we wore any clothe. Our social issue debates took place in the suana at the Y - no clothing permited! He had a great mind.
Gary Ludwig
Friend
June 6, 2020
Dear Tina and Family, Sorry to hear about the loss of Leonard. He certainly was a star here on earth and now he is a star shining down upon us and letting us know that he is happy. Our sincere sympathies, Doris and Frank Bergman
Doris Bergman
Friend
June 5, 2020
Dear Tina & Family:

My wife Michele and I were saddened to hear about Leonards passing. He was a dedicated public servant. His stewardship of the Lebanon Veterans Hospital truly enhanced the lives of many veterans. My father, Arnold Muller, was very proud to have had the opportunity to work with Leonard as Medical Chief of Staff at the VA. He often spoke highly of Leonards leadership skills and compassion towards others.

On a personal note, I was greatly honored to be one of several individuals selected by Leonard and his fellow Rotarians to go to the Philippines in early 1990. The trip was very educational and enjoyable. Leonards knowledge and people skills truly impressed the Filipino Rotarians.

The world was greatly enhanced by Leonards humanity. He will be fondly remembered and solely missed.

With Deep Sympathy,

Carl

G. Carl Muller

Carl Muller
Friend
June 4, 2020
I was introduced to Leonard in our freshman year at Dillard University, by his dear friends Ann and Ray Black, the twins.
Soon, we all became part of a very close knit group. Even back then, Leonard was a classy, intellectual, witty gentleman with a captivating voice.
Although we lived in different cities during the years that followed, whenever possible, it was a pleasure to spend time with him and Albertine. In our last and recent conversation, he was strong and
welcoming, and still our Leonard. I shall hold his memory with love and admiration.
May he Rest In Peace. Love and condolences are with Albertine and their family.
Lyndia Gray
Lyndia Gray
Friend
June 4, 2020
Leonard was a good and kind man who was never too busy to give me advice when I asked for it over the years. I admired his faith in the Lord and know he is with him now. My sincere condolences to you, Tina and family.
Brian Carey
Friend
June 3, 2020
Leonard was a good and kind man who was never too busy to lend an ear and give good advice. His faith was strong and I know he's with the Lord. My sincere condolences to you, Tina and family.
Brian Carey
Friend
June 3, 2020
Mr. Leonard Washington, Jr. family and friends have my deepest sympathy as they mourn and eventually celebrate his life. May God's grace, mercy, and love support you all during this time and Mr. Washington's memories give you peace with the great legacy he left with you all!
JAMES M JACKSON JR
Friend
June 2, 2020
Leonard was a good friend to my husband, Don Gigler, and a wonderful man. We enjoyed spending time with him and his wife Tina. My condolences to his family.
Jean Gigler
Friend
June 2, 2020
I miss Leonard at the YMCA, he was an interesting man to talk with. I haven't seen him in years but I thought about him many times. Rest in Peace my friend. Prayers and thoughts of happy times wished to his family and friends.
Rodney Degler
Friend
June 2, 2020
he was a great man, so thoughtful and considerate of others , rest in peace
barbara keisch
June 2, 2020
Leonard was an extraordinary man. He lived a full life. May he rest in peace. May God comfort his family and friends.
Harry and Denise Mirach
Friend
June 2, 2020
Deepest condolences to the Washington family. Leonard did so much to make the Lebanon VA a quality hospital serving the veterans in the area.
Bob Anspach
Acquaintance
June 1, 2020
what a genuine and compassionate wonderful man. Ill never forget when I first transferred to Lebanon VA. He met with me as busy as he was the Director. I was moved by his personality and professionalism. I feel honored to have worked for him. May GOD bless his entire family.
Andy Pahountis
Friend
June 1, 2020
Leonard was a tremendous man of faith and honor. It was my honor to have worked with him, when he influenced me as a fellow Social Worker and we became friends thereafter. May the Lord Bless and keep his family at this difficult time and may his memory be a Blessing.
Jack Enco
Coworker
June 1, 2020
A great man from an awesome family. So blessed to have known and learned from him. My thoughts and love are with his entire family.
JR and Melissa Wise
Friend
June 1, 2020
Truly a life well lived. Our heartfelt condolences to Tina and the family on the loss of of her beloved husband Leonard. May God's angels of mercy surround each of you, and shower you will sweet blessings of courage, comfort, peace and love during this most difficult time.
Carl & Gazelle Freeman
Carl and Gazelle
Friend
June 1, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Debra Daub
Friend
June 1, 2020
Mrs. Washington, my heart just sank when I learned of the passing of your beloved husband. Having the opportunity to work under his leadership was truly an inspiration. When walking the halls of the facility, there were very few people that he did not address by first names and would not hesitate to pause and hold a friendly conversation. My sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Joseph Stuckey
Acquaintance
June 1, 2020
Mr. Washington was a amazing man with a heart of gold, God has called you home, Rest in peace.
Karen Steele
Friend
June 1, 2020
Leonard was a wonderful man I have known for many years. He fought a tough battle the past few years but always had a kind word and smile for everyone. My sympathy to Tina and the family......he will be greatly missed but in a much better place now and free of pain!!!
Joy Ellen McCormick Bastian
Friend
May 31, 2020
I was saddened to read of Mr Washingtons passing. I enjoyed his humor and kindness whenever I had the pleasure of seeing him. Mrs. Washington I send you my deepest condolences and prayers.
sherri fields roda
Acquaintance
May 31, 2020
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