Dean McLeod passes away after long battle with cancer
James McLeod, the vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, passed away Tuesday due to complications from cancer.
“No single individual has had a greater impact on the vitality and the quality of student life at this University,” Wrighton said in a school-wide e-mail. “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.”
McLeod,67, has been a part of the Washington University community since 1974, when he became an assistant professor in German. He was named assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1974. In 1977 he became assistant to then-Chancellor William H. Danforth. He was the director of the African and Afro-American Studies Program from 1987 to 1992, when he was named Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
In 2010, a scholarship was set up in McLeod’s name to be given to students who exhibit the qualities he prized most highly: leadership, academic achievement, commitment to serving others and integrity. He also led the Ervin Scholars Program.
A vigil was held Tuesday night in the Brookings Quad for Ervin scholars and anyone else who wishes to attend.
A remembrance Facebook page has already been set up here.
This week’s Jazz at Holmes will be dedicated to McLeod.
The full text of Chancellor Wrighton’s letter can be found here.