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Leonard Family

Charles Leonard, Ph.D.

July 19, 1941 - May 02, 2020

Charlie's daughters, Kecia, Jackie, and Jessie, created this GatheringUs memorial to celebrate his life. Please use this page to contribute your anecdotes, memories, thoughts, and pictures. We knew Charlie as a vibrant, unconventional, irreverent guy, so we encourage you to be as colorful and frank as you...  see more

OBITUARY
Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D. - theoretical physicist, freethinker, social activist, space colonization advocate, and generous friend, passed away on May 2nd, 2020 in New Bedford, MA.  He read widely and thought deeply.  He was a multi-disciplinary philosopher who delighted in offering his friends the extraordinary gift of participation in spellbinding discussions around the kitchen table, weaving together the most consequential...  see more
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  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Charlie, 2008
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Charlie, 2008
    Charlie, 2008
    Charlie, 2008
    Charlie & Craig, 2008
    Charlie & Craig 2008
  • Kecia Leonard
    Kecia Leonard added 3 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Leonard, Ph.D.:
  • Leonard Family
    Remembrance from Young-Sea Huang (copied from Globe guestbook with his permission.)

    May 16, 2020
    My condolences to Charlie's family. I met Charlie in 1979, when we were graduate students and teaching assistants at department of physics in Boston...  more
  • Kecia Leonard
    Kecia Leonard added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    • Kecia Leonard
      Kecia Leonard I believe most of these are from Christopher's first birthday party... but Jessie can let us know for certain. (Obvious exception being the one picture of Charlie with very stylishly accessorized Jackie & Jessie.
      • May 19, 2020
  • Ruth Camm
    Ruth Camm added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
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    • Ruth Camm
      Jessamyn Finneran Pictures left to right, clockwise: Jackie and me at Mi Antojos when Jackie came to visit Dad. Paul at his 21st Bday @ Moby Dick Brewing Co., also there that night Jackie, Gwen, Anthony (visiting NB from CA), Sam, Chris, Brandon, Rick. Papa at Ruth's...  more
      • May 14, 2020
    • Ruth Camm
      Jessamyn Finneran Thanks Ruth for sharing these. We had such good times together at your place going for walks, to the local pizza joint. Just being able to get together was so nice. <3
      • May 14, 2020
  • Mimi Leonard
    Mimi Leonard added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
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    • Mimi Leonard
      Jessamyn Finneran L to R clockwise: Dad (love this picture <3), Dad, various doggies, Jackie, Kecia, me, Craig looking very happy , Dad with friends contemplating, Kecia, Jackie, Uncle Tommy, me with flower CA beach.
    • Mimi Leonard
      Kecia Leonard I believe it is Point Lobos near Monterey/Pacific Grove/Big Sur, one of my favorite places. In fact, where I want my ashes scattered when I am gone. c:

      https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=571 />
      https://www.pointlobos.org/
    • Mimi Leonard
      Mimi Leonard I uploaded with captions on each picture I made on Picasa but they disappeared! Anyhow, the group of 4 consists of Barry, Charlie, Laraine and Ulli, intensely focused on a chess game of course.
    • Mimi Leonard
      Mimi Leonard "Dad and various doggies"?! Look more closely and you will see three little gnomish characters sitting around eating snow-- L to R Jess, Jackie, Kecia, Charlie, assorted dogs, our own and from the neighborhood, Wensley St.
    • Mimi Leonard
      Kecia Leonard How about, Dad with various pups and poopaloops?
      • May 16, 2020
  • Mimi Leonard
    Mimi Leonard added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
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    • Mimi Leonard
      Jessamyn Finneran Thanks Mom for all the photos. top L-R clockwise: Dad and Kecia being silly. Mom, Kecia, Dad in boat, Luna? in water. Craig, Mom Kecia. Dad with cap, gown, and leaf placing hand atop curious Kecia. Dad and Kecia newborn?
      • May 14, 2020
    • Mimi Leonard
      Mimi Leonard Not Luna, some unknown dog. Newborn in last picture is definitely a twin, but even I am not sure which! I think Jackie because he had primary charge of her after Jessie came home a month later.
    • Mimi Leonard
      Mimi Leonard Craig and I are looking at a twin also, I think Jessie.
  • Mimi Leonard
    Mimi Leonard added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
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    • Mimi Leonard
      Jessamyn Finneran Top L to R clockwise: Dad and Kecia (Oh My God, what a great picture!). Mom pregnant with Kecia? Grandpa Charles drawing? Me (in blue snowsuit), Dad, and Jackie. Dad, Grandma Rae (Nona), Moonyeen? Looks like Bday party for Dad (what a little cherub!).
      • May 14, 2020
    • Mimi Leonard
      Jessamyn Finneran lol. sorry Jackie (in red snowsuit). I have this picture in a protective sleeve in my wallet. I carry it with me. <3
      • May 14, 2020
    • Mimi Leonard
      Mimi Leonard You got it mostly right on these, Jessie. The birthday picture had a handwritten note on back from Rae, saying (among other things): "... Charlie's first birthday, Aunt Virginia behind Charlie. Very happy day for sweet beautiful baby who talked a blue...  more
  • Andre Mirabelli
    I forgot to mention that Charley made me an official "Spacer", saying over me "A far out as quick as possible." I still have my ID card.
    • Andre Mirabelli
      Jessamyn Finneran Wow. That is so cool Andre. x <3
      • May 14, 2020
    • Andre Mirabelli
      Jessamyn Finneran Thanks Andre, I have Dad's official card. It's laminated. Funny, "As far out as quick as possible." I had forgotten that.
      • May 14, 2020
    • Andre Mirabelli
      Jessamyn Finneran Andre, that is wonderful. Would love a picture of the card if possible. Also, how to contact you? And if you know of contact info for other good friends of Dad. We, Charlie's daughters, would like to send photos and rememberances. My email soyagradecido@gmail.com
      • August 1, 2021
  • Andre Mirabelli
    I overlapped for many years with Charley as Ph.D. students, teaching assistants and office mates at Boston University, becoming quite close friends. He was the one with the most insightful comments on the strictly physical results of my theoretical...  more
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    • Andre Mirabelli
      Jessamyn Finneran Andre, I have the original copy of the Sounddrops paper. Dad kept it and knew where it was at all times, so when he got sick, he and Ruth made sure I had it. What a great remembering: he didn't think the paper was going to be accepted either. Those...  more
    • Andre Mirabelli
      Kecia Leonard Yes, and I recall the happy after effect of visits from good friends lingered for days, too. c:
      • May 14, 2020
    • Andre Mirabelli
      Jessamyn Finneran Love this. Thank you Andre.
      • July 4, 2021
  • Leonard Family
    A further remembrance from Moonyeen Klopfenstein, Charlie's sister:

    Sadly, I am now the oldest first cousin of all the children of the original 12 Scioscia children. My mother Raffaela was the oldest of the other 11 brothers and sister. As cousins, many...  more
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    • Leonard Family
      Jessamyn Finneran Thank you Auntie Moonyeen. What amazing times they must have been, so active, and pressing, working toward change. Shared love and strength for each other and the world. That's why Leonards and Scioscias Rock! <3
      • May 14, 2020
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    Jacquelyn Leonard added 4 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Mimi Leonard
    Gwendelyn and Anthony Robinson, grandkids
    Brajerani, Frank, John, Gwen, Jackie, and Anthony
    Anthony, Charles's grandson, Jackie's son.
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    • Jacquelyn Leonard
      Jessamyn Finneran Thank you Jackie. LR clockwise: Mom (pregnant with Kecia) holding Kitty. Gwen and Ant (being silly). Braj, Frankie, John, Gwen, Jackie, Ant being cute. Anthony! with scarf discussing something.
      • May 14, 2020
    • Jacquelyn Leonard
      Kecia Leonard Young Dad and Ant sometimes look so alike to me. <3
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    Jacquelyn Leonard added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Moonyeen, Charles, Thomas
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    Jacquelyn Leonard added 4 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Charles Leonard
    Rafaella Giovanna Scioscia
    Charles Leonard Senior and Rae Leonard
    Father and Mother, Charles and Rafaella Leonard
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    • Jacquelyn Leonard
      Jessamyn Finneran clockwise: Dad contemplative teen. Grandma Rae (Nona lovely). Grandpa Charles with Grandma Rae, Grandpa Charles with friend. Grandpa Charles and Grandma Rae (Sugar Rae Leonard).
      • May 14, 2020
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    Jacquelyn Leonard added 4 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Charles, Frank, Louisa, Charlie, Ginny and John
    Charles, Frank, Louisa, Charlie, Ginny and John
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    • Jacquelyn Leonard
      Jessamyn Finneran Clockwise: Dad Falconing, out in CA visiting Uncle Frank and fam. Grandpa Charlie, Grandma Nono's. Grandpa Charlie and friend. Charlie, Dad, Uncle Frank, Louisa, John, Ginny CA visit. What a great picture! <3
      • May 14, 2020
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    Jacquelyn Leonard added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    Jacquelyn Leonard added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Baby Charles Leonard
    Charles and Moonyeen
    • Drew H and Jessamyn Finneran reacted on this.
    • Jacquelyn Leonard
      Drew H In the cowboy hat, he kinda looks like Bono during the Joshua Tree years!
    • Jacquelyn Leonard
      Leonard Family Yeah, I can kinda see that. With his black rim glasses, I always thought he looked like a cross between Woody Allen and Robert De Niro. Later years, maybe more Robert Duvall than De Niro.
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    Thanks to everyone for sharing your memories and photos. They are all delightful to read and show what a diverse and deep array of personalities, intellect, and characters, lol, that Dad had in his family and friends. I'm so grateful for each and every...  more
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Spacers logo - Original pdf provided by Craig T. Spratt
  • Drew H
    Charlie and Adrianne once came to visit when Kecia and I were living in Pacifica. He seemed funny, quirky, and relaxed in himself. Happy to donate to expenses - wish it could be more. You're all in my prayers. <3
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 3 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
  • Leonard Family
    Posting this written remembrance at the request of Craig T. Spratt:

    I met Charlie on Memorial Day weekend, 1966. I had come along with his cousin, John Socia, on a trip to Charlie’s parents’ home in Fairfield, Connecticut. His mother was there,...  more
  • Jessamyn Finneran
    Jessamyn Finneran added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Aunt Moonyeen, Dad, Uncle Tommy
    Charles Michael Leonard- from Moonyeen Klopfenstein
  • Leonard Family
    Posting this remembrance at the request of Moonyeen Klopfenstein (Charlie's sister):

    Many of my memories have faded and we did not take a lot of pictures, but I am looking. I'll send any that I find. I know as a baby, Charlie lived in Scranton, PA...  more
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
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    Leonard Family added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Moonyeen, Charlie, Tommy Leonard
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
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    Leonard Family added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
  • Ruth Camm
    Ruth Camm added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Samantha Rae Graduating from BCC
    Jackie and Gwen
    Anthony Robinson
    Gwen Robinson at Ruth's
    Charlie, Barry, and Jessie
  • Leonard Family
    Posting this written remembrance (#2) on behalf of Thomas Leonard (brother) at his request:

    Comments here about political activism ( which was a big part of our lives ) remind me of events that happened some 60 years ago when we were organized by the...  more
    • Leonard Family
      Jessamyn Finneran Thank you Uncle Tommy. I would like to add this, and it is only my perspective. Love must win out. If not, what's the use? May say it's Pollyanna, but letting the cruel people of the world (whether they outnumber the kind is debatable) dampen one's love...  more
    • Leonard Family
      Kecia Leonard Actually, in addition to being poor, we were mixed race, atheist, intelligent, precocious kids of divorced parents... clearly the progeny of some long-haired, counterculture, anti-war, anti-nuke, anti-materialist, anti-establishment, pro-worker,...  more
    • Leonard Family
      Kecia Leonard All that to say: if we're badasses, we've earned it. (And we come from a family of folks who have, too!)
  • Ruth Camm
    Ruth Camm added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Barry Bruce, Ruth Camm, Charlie Leonard
    Charles, Ruth, Tommy
    charlie shopping for winter coats and pants
    Charles M.L. Leonard Brookline, MA
    Charlie and Jessie at Potbelly Restaurant Braintree, MA
  • Frank Scioscia
    Charlie was the first of the Scioscia cousins that came from the Golden Twelve. I was the last. We are bookends on the incredible group of cousins who are spread far and wide but held together by an incredible bond and love. Charlie stories were often...  more
    • Frank Scioscia
      Jacquelyn Leonard Thank you, Frank. I'll bet you that was one time the adults found out kids were to be seen and heard if they wanted to not forget the ham! Yes, there is great love and an incredible bond that includes being welcoming and kindhearted each and every one,...  more
    • Frank Scioscia
      Leonard Family Lovely, Frank, thank you. Tommy's remembrance (posted earlier) includes a fond recounting of the trip west and their almost comedic string of misfortune and dashed hopes, but ultimately concluding that it was "a high point of adventure in my young...  more
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 3 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Charles on the day of Jessie's graduation.  May 2011.   (Photo provided by Barry Bruce.)
    Charles on the day of Jessie's graduation.  May 2011.   (Photo provided by Barry Bruce.)
    Charles on the day of Jessie's graduation.  May 2011.   (Photo provided by Barry Bruce.)
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Ruth and Charles, August 2010.  (Photo provided by Barry Bruce.)
    Ruth and Charles, August 2010.  (Photo provided by Barry Bruce.)
  • Leonard Family
    Posting this remembrance (#2) for Barry Bruce (lifelong friend and fellow physicist) at his request:

    Recollections, 2

    In my first senior year, I had not done well, and the university let me drop a bunch of courses so that I could return the next year...  more
  • Leonard Family
    Posting this remembrance and several photographs for Barry Bruce (lifelong friend and fellow physicist) at his request:

    Recollections, 1

    The first time I met Charles was in his dorm room in Crosby Hall at the University of Rochester. I was taken...  more
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    • Leonard Family
      Kecia Leonard You know I want to post the song I thought up... but I'll wait a few more weeks... you know, decorum, respect for those passed... I'm doing my best to behave!
  • Leonard Family
    I am posting this written remembrance on behalf of Thomas Leonard (brother) at his request:

    Charlie as an infant ( you’ve seen the pictures with the baby curls and the dimples ) landed with perfect timing as the first grandchild among a bevy of...  more
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 1 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Charlie and Moonyeen  (provided by Moonyeen)
  • Jacquelyn Leonard
    My dad was a good man, with a good heart. He was also brutally honest while keeping love in his heart. I like to believe I inherited his gift for gab. It must be the karma of one of our Irish relatives having kissed the Blarney Stone. LOLZ. There is...  more
  • Leonard Family
    Leonard Family added 3 photo(s) to the memorial Charles Michael Leo Leonard, Ph.D.:
    Mimi, Charlie, and infant Kecia.
    Charlie and infant Kecia.
    Mimi, Charlie, and infant Kecia.
  • Jessamyn Finneran