Cleveland History Blog
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Dr. Walter C. Leedy, Jr., CSU Architectural Historian, dies
We were all shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Walter Leedy, long-time Professor of Art at Cleveland State and authority on the history and architecture of greater Cleveland. Walter died Tuesday morning, November 8th, after a stroke suffered over the weekend. He was my thesis advisor, a great supporter of Special Collections at CSU, a member of the Schweinfurth Trust at the Cleveland Public Library and a personal friend whose passing we all will lament.
Our condolences go out to his family.
He's well known for his huge postcard collection, which he has generously allowed us to digitize for the Cleveland Memory Project and was the midwife of many collections coming to CSU, including the Wilbur J. & Sarah Ruth Watson Bridge Book Collection and the Cleveland Union Terminal Collection. He recently established a local history endowment fund to benefit Special Collections, which he designed especially to allow contributions from people who didn't have the funds to reach the minimum amounts for such funds.
NEW: Arrangements for Walter Leedy’s funeral and memorial service have been announced. (plus CSU's announcement...) (Plain Dealer obituary...)
- Viewing will be Saturday, November 11th, 3:00 to 9:00, and Sunday, November 12th, 2:00 to 8:00 at the Santeiu & Sons Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Road, Garden City , MI 48135. (734-247-3800). His funeral mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 13th (viewing at 9:00), at the Divine Child Church, 25001 Herbert Weier Drive, Dearborn, MI, 48128.
- The Cleveland State University memorial will be: Friday, November 17th, starting at 3:30 p.m. with a display of some exhibits, followed by brief remarks by President Schwartz, Steven Litt and a few others from 4:00 to 5:00, in the Fenn Tower Panel Room. Parking will be available in the new Recreation Center garage, off Chester Avenue (eastbound entrance only).
- Contributions should go to the “Cleveland Historical Materials Library Endowment” he set up, at the CSU Development Office, 2121 Euclid, MM 209, Cleveland, OH, 44115. There is also a memorial fund at the Cleveland Clinic in his name.