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Raymond W. Leonard




Raymond Leonard, 48, died at his home on April 15, 2008, of an apparent heart attack. An Assistant Professor of History, Leonard had worked at the university and lived in the community since 1998. He had recently been granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of History to commence in Fall 2008. Originally from Kansas, Leonard was born in Wichita in 1959 and attended Wichita State University, first earning his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1981, followed by a Master of Arts degree in History in 1985. Leonard came to UCM from the University of Kansas, where he earned a master’s degree in Soviet and East European Studies in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Modern Russia/Soviet Union history in 1997. At UCM, Leonard taught courses in European history, specializing in the history of Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, 20th Century Europe, and the military. A specialist on Soviet espionage after having done research in Moscow, Leonard published his first book on the subject in 1999, Secret Soldiers of the Revolution: Soviet Military Intelligence, 1918-1933, which received numerous accolades from other specialists in the field. Leonard also published in and reviewed books for the Journal of Military Studies, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. Si vis pacem para bellum. A demanding professor and unrepentant Jayhawk, Leonard prided himself on pushing his students to excellence and not to settle for mediocrity. Those who knew him, friends and students alike, will miss deeply his sharp and universal intellect, his entertaining lectures with impersonations from Caesar to Churchill to Clinton, his great appreciation for film and the British musical invasion, and his marvelous sense of humor…Eric G. Tenbus, Associate Professor of History.


A memorial service for Dr. Leonard was held at the UCM Alumni Chapel on April 22, 2008. This was followed by a memorial service and internment in Lawrence, Kansas, in summer 2008.


Memorial contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans.


For inquiries, please contact Dr. Dan Crews.