Richard Allan Leavitt ’50

Richard Allan Leavitt ’50 died on October 12, 2004, in Concord, New Hampshire.

Born in Concord on June 25, 1927, he prepared for college at Concord High School and served in the U.S. Navy in 1945-46, attaining the rank of pharmacist’s mate 3rd class. He entered Bowdoin in 1946 and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Following his graduation, he taught biology and general science at The Taft School in Watertown, CT, for a year, taught social science and English at the Litchfield School for Boys in Litchfield, CT, for a year, and taught general science at Milton Academy in Massachusetts for two years. He did graduate work at Wesleyan University in Connecticut from 1954 to 1956 and received a master of arts degree in biology. From 1956 to 1963, he was a member of the faculty at Adelphi College in Garden City, NJ, teaching biology, serving as co- supervisor of all general biology laboratories, and being a science consultant to the admissions office and a member of the Pre-Medical Council. In 1963, he joined the faculty at the Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, where he taught biology and became chair of the science department. After Mount Hermon expanded to become the Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1970, he was chair of its science department and remained at the school for 30 years. Following his retirement in 1993, he moved back to Concord, where he was a volunteer at the Hospice House and the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium. He was also a vestry member and a licensed lay reader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Surviving are his wife, Janet Miller Leavitt, whom he married in 1956; three daughters, Judith A. Hunt of Bedford, NH, Susan E. Leavitt of Lawrence, MA, and Deborah L. Longman ’83 of Perth, Australia; and four grandchildren.