Dr. Dick A. Leabo
Dr. Dick A. Leabo Dr. Dick A. Leabo, 94, passed away in Seattle, WA on October 8, 2016. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 61 years, Artis Van De Voort Leabo. Dick was born in Walcott, Iowa on October 30, 1921 to his parents A. T. (Dick) and Clara Beinke Leabo. He graduated from Iowa's Davenport High School in 1939 and continued his education after serving 4 years in the Army Air Force. He received his BS, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa. In 1957 Dick joined the University of Michigan faculty; in 1975 he received the University's Outstanding Service Award; in 1979 was appointed the Fred M. Taylor Endowed Distinguished Professor. He served on the Board of Directors and National Vice President of Phi Kappa Phi, a national Honor Society for a number of years. He was also a consultant to a number of industrial firms on sampling theory, quality control and statistical/economic analysis. He authored five statistics textbooks, 25 professional journal articles and numerous applied economic research monographs. In addition, Dick wrote two books, one the "Flying Tiger Tales" based on his WWII Air Force experiences as a member of General Claire Chenault's Flying Tigers in China. The other book detailed coping with grief from the unexpected death of his only child, Thomas William, in 1977. "Alone in the Solitude of Memories" was written in 1985. During Dick's military career he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and six Battle Stars for his 26 missions in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Sports were an important part of his life. He was an avid golfer for many years that included five holes-in-one on five different courses. Baseball, another favorite sport, had him playing semi-pro baseball in Iowa and Illinois during his younger years. He was a Life Member of the Die-Hard Chicago Cubs Fan Club since 1927. He served as a Deacon and an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan and a member of The Church of the Palms, Sarasota, FL. Dick's sense of humor must have been passed on to him from his brothers, both noted for making life worth living. Dick had a goal of helping at least five people, besides himself, have a good laugh each day. Most days he was quite successful. He was a compassionate, gentle and thoughtful individual and considered education one of his top priorities in life. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Clifford and Dorwin, and his son, Thomas William. He leaves many nieces and nephews. Nieces Mary Ann Longton and Jane Sparks along with their husbands, Gary Longton and Jim Sparks, surrounded their Uncle Dick with much love, support and kindness since moving to Mirabella Retirement Community in 2009. Memorial contributions may be made in Dick's honor to the Professor Dick A. Leabo Scholarship Fund, University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550. There will be a family Celebration of Life for Dick at a later date.
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