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Dominic 'Dic' Leonardelli

Nov. 9, 2000

Longtime WMU administrator and faculty member Dominic B. "Dic" Leonardelli, emeritus in education, died Nov. 2 in Kalamazoo. He was 86.

Leonardelli joined the WMU faculty in 1951 and taught at the University High School until 1956 when he began teaching in-service education programs through the Division of Continuing Education. He later co-directed the Division of Continuing Education and was in charge of non-credit programs and conferences. He returned to the faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of education and professional development and retired in 1979.

Widely known across Michigan for his work with adult groups and in-service training programs in the public schools, Leonardelli served on the Schoolcraft Board of Education and the executive board of the Michigan Education Association. He was a founding board member of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Leonardelli was a graduate of Northern Michigan University and earned a master's degree at the University of Michigan. A longtime supporter of WMU, he and his wife, Nadia, created an endowed Medallion Scholarship in 1997.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Fetzer Center.

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