N. Richmond Leach ’43 died on December 12, 2008, in Little Deer Isle, Maine.
Born July 15, 1920, in Needham, Mass., he prepared for college at Needham High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers until 1946. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Grenoble in France and at Boston University. After serving briefly as an accountant for American Express in Germany, he returned to the U.S. and began a career as an educator, first as an English teacher at Gardiner High School. In 1960, he began teaching at the high school in Lexington, Mass., where he pioneered the formation of a special education department and incorporated a remedial reading program. He taught night courses at Boston University for several years and tutored students privately during the summer months. In 1975, he retired to Deer Isle. He was a talented and prolific watercolorist whose favorite subject was the Maine coast. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane (Burton) Leach, who died in 1970, and by a brother,William F. Leach ’37, who died in 1989. He is survived by his brother, Harry T. Leach ’38 and by a son, Burt.