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Edward O. Leigh ’38

Edward Leigh ’38, December 20, 2000, in San Diego, California. Shortly after graduating from Reed he joined the Carnation Company, where he was employed for 44 years. His first job, in Waverly, Iowa, involved crawling into large milk vats and scrubbing them. As he advanced in the company, he was assigned to 10 different locations across the United States during the first 10 years of his employment. In 1949 he was assigned to Carnation’s world headquarters in Los Angeles, where he continued to work until retiring in 1983 as CEO of the can division. He married Florence Nisbett in 1940 and they had three sons. In retirement, he devoted considerable time and energy to serving on the board of Goodwill Industries of Southern California. He became chairman of the board, headed numerous committees, and helped Goodwill grow and achieve its mission. He also enjoyed travel and golf. He is survived by his wife, sons, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2001

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