Dr. A. Leslie Leonard Aaron Leslie Leonard, longtime former resident of Scotch Plains, N.J., passed away on Sunday, March 13th in Granite Bay, CA, at the age of 96. One of the original founders of The College of Insurance in New York City, which opened in 1962, now part of St. John's University, Les served as Dean and then President, until his retirement in 1984. Born in Newark and raised in Hillside, NJ, Les graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Business Administration, where he later received his Master's degree in economics. He earned a Ph.D. in Education from Columbia University. Les served as president of the New York chapters of both the Society of Chartered Life Underwriters and the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters. He was named Insurance Person of the Year in 1972 by The Marine Claims and Recovery Forum. Les served in the Navy during World War II, getting his first experience as a school administrator with establishing two schools of aviation instrument installation, maintenance and trouble-shooting at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Jacksonville, FL. He was later stationed in Chicago, where he met his wife Evelyn at a USO dance. Married in 1947, they continued to enjoy dancing for much of their 63 year marriage. After their years in Scotch Plains, where they raised six children, they retired to Sun City Center, FL, where Les was able to enjoy his other passion, golf. The couple loved to travel and one of Les' proud accomplishments was playing at the famous St. Andrew's Old Course in Scotland. The Leonards moved to Folsom, CA in 2007 to be near two of their daughters. Preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn, of El Dorado Hills, CA, sons, Robert (Rae) of Norton, OH, Larry (Betsy) of Virginia Beach, VA, and daughters, Janice Cameron of Folsom, CA, Joyce (Greg) Alumbaugh of Rescue, CA, Nancy (Tom) Gale of Somerset, NJ, and Laurie (Larry) Johnson of Missoula, MT. He was also a proud grandfather of ten and great grandfather of five. Les was respected by his business associates, well-liked by his friends, and very much loved by his family.