In Memory

Leo M. Leva

Leo M. Leva

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09/06/17 01:19 PM #1    

D. Ren Brown

Leo loved folk dancing and sciences while at Swarthmore and later, too.  I visited his family in Bethesday while in college and even went to his sister's HS graduation at Washington National Cathedral.  As I recall LBJ gave the commencement address.

After med school, Leo moved to the SF Bay Area and lived in my house in El Cerrito for awhile.  I visited with him on the Navajo Reservation when he worked with Indian Health Services--possibly in lieu of military duty?  He was in private practice in SF with another gay physician, before coming down with AIDS in the ealry years of the epidemic.

It was a time when his family thought it shameful to admit the diagnosis.  So he spent the last nine months of his life as a patient in GW Hospital.

Mostly I think of Leo as a naturalist, rather than a physician.  On walks in Crum Woods or hikes in the Sierras, he always stopped to look at each plant and wonder over the beauty in Nature.  Like his father, he was an avid gardener, putting in veggie plots at evey home.  He and Hernan loved escaping to the Russian River area whenever work schedules allowed.  For several years he studied  ceramics with a woman in Berkeley.  I treasure a few pots that remain unbroken.  Truly a kind and gentle soul.

09/15/17 09:28 PM #2    

Richard L. Gregor

I was visiting a glass blower in New Hampshire, Dudley Gibberson, when his wife mentioned the Swarthmore connection and she was Leo's cousin. Leo was staying there and said hello and that was the last I saw or heard of him....

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