SLOAN - Nina Leonard, 94, of S. Setauket, passed away on Feb. 18, 2018 in Port Jefferson. She was born on Jan. 4, 1924 to Newton P. Leonard and Lucille (Putnam) Leonard in N. Attleboro, MA. Nina attended Bates College, married and moved to New York State where her first job was in social work. She earned a Master's Degree in Child Development from the Bank Street College of Education in 1963. Her years in teaching included early childhood, special education and day care administration. In 1975 Nina earned a MSW and a professional degree in psychotherapy. She worked as a therapist in an outpatient clinic and held several positions at the Woodward Mental Health Center, a day treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children. Nina was its Executive Director until retiring in 1991. In retirement, Nina was one of the first residents of Jefferson's Ferry Retirement Community in S. Setauket where she thrived and was wonderfully supported in the last years of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, and her son Leonard. She is survived by daughters Ruth (Kirk) Berger,Victoria (Edward) Swensen and beloved daught-er-in-law Jill (Leonard) Sloan, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A Remembrance gathering for Nina will be held 1:30 p.m. Sat. March 3, at the Bove Center, 500 Mather Dr., S. Setauket. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Published by Newsday on Feb. 26, 2018.