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Winter 2018-2019

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WINTER 2018-19 7 Stephen A. Leishman P resident General Stephen A. Leishman, Major, USAF (ret.), passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2018, at his home. He was 77. PG Leishman loved history and genealogy. In early 1999, he became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and rose steadily through the chapter, state and national offices. In 2012, he was sworn in as the President General. "I am still in shock," said President General (1999- 2000) Howard F. Horne, who, like Leishman, lived in Delaware. "He and five other SAR members—me, Peter Moller, [Secretary General] Davis Wright, Lyman Brenner and Tenney Wheatley—met every Thursday for coffee to solve the problems of the world. We met last Thursday. He showed no signs of a problem. Steve was a credit to SAR and the several groups he belonged to. He was a prince of a guy. Everything he did, he did 'first class.' He was always so positive and he will be sorely missed." Horne was a mentor to Leishman, especially during Leishman's time as PG. "He would pick my brain from time to time about SAR matters," Horne said. "I was honored to serve in such a capacity." PG Leishman continued his service as an elected director on the SAR Foundation Board of Directors for six years. " PG Leishman served us well and supported all our programs with his heart, time and energy," said North Carolina Compatriot Sam Powell, a long-time member of the SAR Foundation Board. "We will miss having his counsel and are appreciative of his years of service to the foundation." PG Leishman had six ancestors who participated in the Revolutionary War and one who participated in the War of 1812. President General (2012-13) Joseph W. Dooley said: "When Steve was PG, I was the Secretary General. We worked well together, so that the transition from his term as PG to mine was seamless. We spoke almost daily and coordinated on what each of us was doing to promote the SAR and the legacy of the American Revolution. "What I remember most about Steve is his decency and humor. He began almost every speech with a joke. His jokes were painfully corny, but I looked forward to them, and they always got a laugh." The night he was sworn in as PG, Leishman opened his inaugural address with this joke: Two atoms are walking down the street, and one of them says to the other: "Hey, wait up a second. I think I lost an electron." The first atom asks, "Are you sure?" The second atom exclaims, "Yes, I'm positive!" The theme of Leishman's term as PG was: "Be positive. Stay positive." "While he was PG, he stressed the four R's of membership: recruit new members, retain current members, reconnect with members who have dropped, and reinstate those dropped members," Dooley said. "SAR membership was always important to him." PG Leishman was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Hyattsville, Md. He attended the University of Maryland, where he played in the marching band and earned a B.S. in business administration in 1964. He earned an MBA in finance in 1968 from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico and a M.Ed. in curriculum development from Auburn University in 1978. PG Leishman received his Air Force commission through the ROTC program at the U of M in 1964, whereupon he began a 21-year career, which took him to nine bases throughout the world. For three years, he served on B-52s, and he flew 125 combat missions during Vietnam. He completed his military career returning to B-52s and retired as a master navigator. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and the AF Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. PG Leishman retired from active duty in March 1985 and worked with Boeing as manager of the B-1B flight simulator program. With the installation of the last simulator, he began work on the International Space Station. In 1994, he accepted a job with Boeing, testing components for the V-22 Osprey. In 2004, he transferred to the V-22 flight test program as a flight-test engineer to assist in returning the V-22s to flight status. He made two six-month winter trips to Nova Scotia for cold weather testing and three cruises aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp for sea trials. He retired in October 2005. PG Leishman enjoyed recreational boating and especially his last boat, a 40-foot mainship trawler named Reverie. He was a 44-year member of the U.S. Power Squadron. He held an FAA single-engine commercial pilot's license and an FCC General Class Amateur Radio License, N3TMK. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post 2907. An Episcopalian, he was an active member of St. David's Episcopal Church. He was a member of various Masonic bodies, including the Red Cross of Constantine. PG Leishman is survived by his loving wife, Janet; son, Stephen, granddaughter, Madison; grandson, David; sister, Margaret "Peggy" Hughes (Larry); and many nieces and nephews. The visitation, the funeral and a Masonic service were held at St. David's in Wilmington. Interment with appropriate military honors followed at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Donations in PG Leishman's memory may be made to St. David's Episcopal Day School, or Boys' State, American Legion Department of Delaware, P.O. Box 7005, Wilmington, DE 19803. 1941-2018

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