Obituary: Leon Orr Jr. ’74

I am deeply saddened to report the death of my friend and Deerfield classmate, Leon Orr Jr., on May 28, 2020 in Trafford, PA. Leon and I were four year boys at Deerfield from 1970 through 1974. Leon was a powerful force in the Deerfield Black Student Coalition, a great student, an enthusiastic athlete and, most importantly, a dear friend. Following Deerfield, Leon graduated from Stanford and then received law and business degrees from Northwestern University. He practiced law in Charlotte, North Carolina for many years. Leon did not enjoy good health during the last few years but he amazed his doctors with his resilience and good spirit. I spoke with him just a few months before his death and, even then, he remained upbeat. I have attached a prized possession, a photo which Leon sent me of him discussing his Christmas list with Santa in 2019. I will miss my friend.

David Richardson, M.D.


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