Dr. E. Charles Leonard, past Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of the Mid-South in 1992 and 1993 passed away late last week.
Dr. Leonard was recognized as a world-wide leader and expert in the field of chemistry and business. He was the author of many technical papers and held a number of patents.
Dr. Leonard was a strong champion of United Way’s work in our community. His long-time service to the organization and his leadership as a Board member, regional campaign chairman and Tocqueville donor impacted countless lives across the Mid-South. He also led fundraising efforts for several other charitable groups as well as the Memphis Public Library.
United Way of the Mid-South honored Dr. Leonard with the Tocqueville Award in 2002, the single highest honor the organization can bestow upon an individual volunteer.
“Dr. Leonard’s intelligence and wisdom were only surpassed by his caring and concern for people in need. He and Evelyn have always been models of compassion for Memphis and the surrounding region. While our community is the poorer at news of his passing, it is richer for the time and effort he gave to improve people’s lives,” said Bryce Haugsdahl, President of United Way of the Mid-South.
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