July 13 2017: McLESKEY, James Joseph

James Joseph McLeskey IIII obituary photo


Jim passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on June 22, 2017.  He was born in Vicksburg MS, received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University in 1961 and his PhD in physical chemistry from Duke University in 1965.  After briefly serving in the army as a captain, he began a thirty-eight year career working for the US Army at Redstone Arsenal, the Coating and Chemical Laboratory, the Army Mobility Equipment Research & Development Command, the Army Materiel Command and the Army Research Laboratory, primarily involved in research relating to warfighting equipment and systems.  He was a movie buff, an avid gardener who grew award-winning cantaloupes and a devoted father who served his community as president of the orchestra parents association and a girls’ soccer coach.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Weaver McLeskey, brother Frank McLeskey (Karma) and sister Kathy McLeskey (Richard Budell), daughters Mary Monahan (Brian), Dorothy Yeh (Edward), and Susan Kiefer (James), grandchildren Aileen Monahan, Erin Monahan, Claire Monahan, Kathleen Monahan, Connor Monahan, Timothy Yeh, Justine Yeh, Sarah Kiefer, and Mason Kiefer as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  A memorial service will be held on August 13, 2017 at 2PM in the Inter-faith Chapel, 3680 S. Leisure World Boulevard, Silver Spring MD 20906 with reception following.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in his name to the Georgetown University Brain Bank, a research center that studies memory disorders. Contact information for the Brain Bank: Georgetown University Medical Center Office of Advancement, 3300 Whitehaven Street NW, Suite 4000, Attn: Kristina Madarang, Washington, DC 20007, online at https://neurology.georgetown.edu/research/georgetownbrainbank.  Alternatively, contributions could be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, 17th floor, Chicago, IL 60601-7633, online at https://www.alz.org/.

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