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Karl B. Leabo Jr. ’56

A picture of Karl Leabo Jr

Karl Leabo ’56 at the drawing table while convalescing in Hawaii during the Korean War.

Karl B. Leabo Jr. ’56, September 19, 2011, in Middletown, Connecticut. Karl was born in Portland and served in the Korean War before coming to Reed. While he focused his studies on history, he was an avid artist and cartoonist. In the late ’50s, he moved to Manhattan, where he became art director of Dance Perspectives and SHOW magazine. He married choreographer and dancer Loi Leabo and worked with the New York City Ballet. Karl’s graphic style was widely emulated; he was an award-winning editor and art director of several books, including Martha Graham and Kabuki. He also was cofounder and art director of Stagebill magazine. Survivors include three sons, six grandchildren, two sisters, and his companion and friend, Nancy Walsh.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2012

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