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Dr. Leonard's accomplishments ranged from documenting pesticide poisoning among farm workers in the 1940s while working with the California Bureau of Adult Health to helping establish the Berkeley Free Clinic in 1969 while working as a health officer with the city of Berkeley. He held that job in Berkeley from 1957 to 1970.
France and Cathy Leonard of Richmond.
Doctor who helped establish Berkeley Free Clinic dies at 90
clinic officials said.
Dr. Leonard formally retired in 1984 but continued public health consulting until he became ill earlier this year.
The Berkeley Free Clinic was founded as a "street medicine" clinic that found a niche and a permanent home in the Berkeley community. In nearly 40 years, it has served thousands of people, Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 Grey
He was also a great teacher, said one of his former medical residents, Dileep Bal, who now works as a health officer in Kauai. "Al was truly a public health genius who was the living embodiment of the sentiment that what matters in public health is the size of your heart and humanity, not the size of your budget," Bal said.
of public health, he started a seat belt campaign to encourage people to buy the safety devices and install them in their cars. He got health department employees to run up and down the stairs for exercise and always pressed people to quit smoking, urging them to give up their "coffin nails," his daughter said.
Dr. Leonard, who had been sick since February, died with Pearl, his wife of 65 years, and his daughter, Cathy Leonard, at his bedside at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley.
In keeping with his scientific curiosity and desire to further medical knowledge, Dr. Leonard donated his body to the University of California, San Francisco, for medical research.
"He was always interested in helping people to achieve and maintain good health," Cathy Leonard said. "And he absolutely practiced what he preached."
Dr. Leonard is survived by his wife, Pearl of Berkeley, and daughters Barbara Leonard of Platinum Rolex Daytona
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His professional career was wide ranging.
A memorial service is being planned, possibly for the fall. Donations in his name should go to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2288 Fulton St., Suite 307, Berkeley, CA, 94704; Doctors Without Borders; or a local food bank.
"Five days a week," Cathy Leonard added. "He took off weekends. He started off going for 3, 4 or 5 miles and later it was a couple of miles."
Dr. Leonard was born in New York City and educated in Los Angeles schools. He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1942 at the top of his class, after working his way through both USC and University of California, Los Angeles pre med schools. He earned a master's degree in public health from Harvard Rolex Datejust 41 Rhodium Jubilee University in 1947.
While he was on the front lines of health care, Dr. Leonard was a quiet man who enjoyed reading philosophy books and playing chess, Cathy Leonard said.
"My father was a man who embodied contradiction: a Zen Buddhist leaning philosopher who worried about everything, an optimist who thought the world was going to hell, a dedicated humanitarian fond of saying, with a smile, 'People are no damn good.'"
He was 90.
BERKELEY Dr. Alvin R. Leonard, a physician who helped found the Berkeley Free Clinic nearly 40 years ago and spent his life making sure people achieved and maintained good health, died on April 20 following complications of pneumonia.
His other daughter, Barbara Leonard of Levallois Perret, France, agreed that her father practiced the health ideals he spread to others. through his 90th year.
He later created statewide programs to control high blood pressure among specific ethnic groups and examine the health effects of electromagnetic fields.
"He was a man of great integrity," said his wife, Pearl Leonard, 88. "He firmly believed in the democratic participation of people to make decisions regarding their own well being."
But he also liked to joke and make puns, she said. "He had a very excellent sense of humor and was also self effacing," she said. "He didn't ever take credit for things or seek the limelight. He was very humble."
In addition to working as director of public health in Berkeley, he worked in the San Diego County Public Health Department and at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He also was a clinical professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
Dr. Leonard was a doctor who was ahead of his time, his daughter said.
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