Posted: Saturday, August 10th 2013 at 4:35pm
Schrader: Leet's passing 'a huge loss'
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Dick Leet of Gainesville, a member of the Brenau University Board of Trustees, who died Friday.
“This is not only a huge loss for the community and for Brenau University but also for me personally,” said Brenau University President Ed Schrader. "Dick Leet has been a wise counselor as a leader on the university's Board of Trustees, a thoughtful mentor and a good friend. He, along with his wife, Phyllis, has been well-respected leaders in the community and chief enthusiasts and financial supporters for Brenau University and its mission. He never did anything half way."
At the May commencement ceremony, the university presented both Leets honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees for their personal service and philanthropy.
According to Schrader, the Leets in their extensive personal contributions to myriad institutions and organizations, donated to Brenau alone close to $4 million in direct support. That included funding for development of a modern chemistry laboratory, support for undergraduate research, and other physical sciences activities; a perpetual endowment for a named professorship – the Richard and Phyllis Leet Distinguished Chair of Biological Science at Brenau; establishment of a pool of funds, based on both vision and experience in big-dollar fundraising campaigns for higher education, to support administration and marketing for the university’s proposed $60 million capital campaign which Leet helped plan; and, annual fund contributions in the tens of thousands of dollars since the Leets initial involvement with Brenau.
Leet was born and raised in Maryville, Missouri, and a veteran of World War II. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and Ohio State, he joined Standard Oil Company of Indiana as a research chemist, and served the company in numerous management capacities for over 39 years, retiring as Vice Chairman of Amoco Corporation.
Leet was active in many civic and charitable organizations, both in his adopted “hometowns” of Chicago and Gainesville, as well as nationally. An Eagle Scout, he served Scouting in numerous volunteer leadership positions, culminating in his serving as National President of the Boy Scouts of America. He also served on the boards of The Ohio State University Foundation and Northwest Missouri State University Foundation, in addition to his tenure on the Brenau Board of Trustees. Leet was also a former President of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
Last year, the North Georgia Community Foundation in Gainesville presented the Leets with its Philanthropist of the Year award.
The funeral will be at 3:00 Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.
(A complete obituary can be found on the AccessNorthGa.com Obituaries Page.)
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