Mississippi Forestry Association, and
served on the board of the Southern
Pine Association, New Orleans. He
was a sales engineer for a New York
Exchange-listed chemical company.
He was father to Hollis C. Taggart ’71
and belonged to Beta Theta Pi.
William A. Webster Jr. ’ 43, of
Memphis, Tennessee, died Feb. 28. As
a freshman at W&L, he set a pool record for his 100-meter backstroke that
stood until the building was closed in
order to build a new one in 1971. He
was considered for selection in the
1942 Olympic swim team, but the outbreak of World War II changed those
plans. After the war, he worked for
his father at the William A. Webster
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Co.
He was father to Daniel S. Webster ’71
and belonged to Delta Tau Delta.
John E. Zombro Jr. ’ 43, of Los
Osos, California, died Jan. 6. He served
in the Navy during World War II
aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga during the
Pacific campaign. He had a 38-year
career with Sunkist Growers.
John F. Mertz ’ 45, of Van Alstyne,
Texas, died July 16, 2012. He belonged
to Sigma Chi.
Chadbourne B. Smith ’ 45, of
Sugar Land, Texas, died Feb. 10. He
was a World War II veteran, serving
in the Air Force and earning the rank
of 1st lieutenant. He flew 35 combat
missions as a bombardier/navigator
with the 15th Air Force, based in Italy.
He worked as a research chemist for
Dow Chemical and for Clorox as a
manufacturing plant manager. He
belonged to Beta Theta Pi.
George V. Pryles ’ 46, of Atlanta,
died March 1, 2013.
John H. Wouters ’ 46, of Blandon,
Pennslyvania, died Nov. 10, 2013. He
was brother to David A. Wouters ’55.
Robert J. Moody ’49, ’51L, of
Pebble Beach, California, died Nov. 16,
2014. He served in the Army during
the Korean War. He was a tax attorney
and was vice president of FMC Corp.
He established a scholarship at W&L
in memory of his uncle, D. William
O’Kolski. He was father to Peter H.
Moody ’83 and brother in-law to Dr.
Jeffrey P. Cropsey ’69. He belonged to
Beta Theta Pi.
Librarian Emeritus Maurice D. Leach Jr.
Maurice D. Leach Jr., who headed the library at Washington and
Lee from 1968 to 1985, died on March 21, in Lexington. He was 91.
He also served as director of
W&L’s Friends of the Library
from 1985 until his retirement
in 1988, when he was named
“The University owes
Maurice Leach its gratitude for
his many and lasting contribu-
tions to our library, which is so
crucial to the education of our
students and the support of our
faculty and staff,” said President
Ken Ruscio ’76. “He reinforced
its strengths and kept it abreast
of technological improvements.”
During his years as head
librarian, Leach oversaw the construction of Leyburn Library, which
opened in 1979. It replaced the McCormick Library, which was
housed in what is now Huntley Hall. That year, the University issued a
resolution of appreciation to Leach and his staff for what was dubbed
“The Great Move,” which occurred in one day, with students, staff and
faculty carrying 150,000 books from the old building to the new.
Leach ensured that the W&L library used the Library of Congress cataloging system. And in 1974, he enrolled the library as a
charter member of SOLINET (the Southeastern Library Network),
a regional consortium that provided members with access to automated cataloging.
Maurice Derby Leach Jr. was born on June 23, 1923, in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in
1945 and a B.L.S. from the University of Chicago in 1946. He also
completed the Department of State’s mid-career course in foreign
Leach’s library career began with a post as assistant librarian at
Texas College of Arts and Industries, Kingsville, Texas, from 1946 to
1947. He worked as a bibliographer at the Department of State from
1947 to 1948. While serving in the military, he taught library science
at the Special Services School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
From 1950 to 1959, Leach served with the United States Infor-
mation Agency in Egypt, Lebanon and Washington, D.C., opening
libraries and sitting on the advisory committee for the Teacher-Li-
brarian Training Program for the Egyptian minister of education.
From 1959 to 1966, he headed the department of library science
at the University of Kentucky. Leach also spent a year as a program
advisor to the Ford Foundation at the University of Amman, in Jordan, and at the American University, in Beirut, until taking his post at
Leach served as president of the Virginia Library Association
(VLA) from 1975 to 1976. In 1977 and again in 1985, VLA honored
him for his contributions to the organization and the profession.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Baskett Leach; his daughter,
Sarah Davis (Peter); two grandchildren; and his brother, Lewis Woods