It is with sadness and sympathy for his surviving children and grandchildren that we note the passing of a 62-year member of the ACS. Donald G Leavitt died on December 31, 2008, at the age of 84. Don was a patent attorney specializing in chemical and pharmaceutical patents for the Senniger, Powers firm in St Louis.
Leavitt received a BS in Chemistry from Marquette University in 1946, MS in chemical engineering from University of Illinois in 1948, and JD from University of Michigan in 1951. His membership in the ACS and in the Saint Louis Section dates from 1946.
He was a past-chairman of the Missouri Bar Association’s Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Committee and recipient of that organization’s President’s Award in 1983. He was also adjunct professor of patent law at Saint Louis University Law School from 1956 to 1993. For several decades, he also donated his services to the Saint Louis Section as Registered Agent of the Corporation.
Donald Leavitt’s obituary notice in the St Louis Post-Dispatch noted that he was an avid golfer. As a member of Greenbrier Hills Country Club, he has two holes-in-one on his lifetime scorecard.