Leroy E. Sweeney Jr. ’44 died on February 12, 2009, at his home in Ellsworth, Maine.
He was born in Revere, Mass., on January 29, 1923, and prepared for college at Waltham (Mass.) High School and Cambridge School of Liberal Arts. He served in the Medical Corps for four years during World War II, where he attained the rank of technician fourth class and earned a Good Conduct Medal. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he graduated from Bowdoin in 1947 following his discharge, but he remained a member ff the class of 1944. He earned a master’s degree in education from Tufts University in 1948 and took postgraduate courses at Boston University. He was an educator in Massachusetts schools for 32 years. He taught math and science at Wellesley Junior High School before becoming assistant principal in 1958 and ultimately principal. After retiring, he moved back to the family farm in Ellsworth. He was a member of the Wellesley Booster Club and Ellsworth City Planning Board. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jeanne Manning Sweeney; a son, Mark Sweeney; two daughters, Diane Reed and Laurie Viscione; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.