We were greatly saddened to hear about the passing of Vice Chancellor for Students and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, James E. McLeod. Dean McLeod was a great supporter of the Film and Media Archive and was instrumental in helping the Henry Hampton Collection find a home at Washington University. James McLeod was a friend of Henry Hampton’s and deeply aware of the historical importance of the collection. He was on the board of the Film and Media Archive and his generosity and insight will be greatly missed. The contributions he made to the University and the Film Archive will continue to be felt for years to come.
In an article published in The Record, Chancellor Wrighton is quoted as saying,
“Washington University has lost one of its greatest citizens and leaders.”
“No single individual has had a greater impact on the vitality and the quality of student life at this university,” Wrighton says. “Jim was truly a man of wisdom, compassion and steadfast loyalty to the university. He enjoyed deep and lasting respect from all who were fortunate to interact with him.”
James McLeod is survived by his wife of 44 years, Clara the departmental librarian for the Ronald Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library of Washington University Libraries; a daughter, Sara, of Atlanta; his father, the Rev. James C. McLeod of Dothan; a brother, Jeff McLeod of Birmingham; and two sisters, Alice Head and Mary Parker, both of Dothan. He was preceded in death by his mother, Earline McLeod.
There will also be a memorial event to honor McLeod’s life and service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Athletic Complex Field House.