SARASOTA, FL—Dr. Robert Milton Leech, 90, of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of El Paso, died May 19, 2012.

Dr. Leech was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was discharged as a captain in 1945 and was called up again during the Korean Conflict.

Dr. Leech was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, earning a B.F.A., an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in drama and education.

He spent his 35-year career at the University of Texas at El Paso as both a professor of speech and drama and a university administrator, holding numerous administrative positions including dean of administration, vice president and acting president.

Dr. Leech retired in 1984 and was named professor emeritus of drama and speech.

Among his notable activities were his efforts on behalf of the Mental Health Association, an organization he served at the local, state and national levels.

He was predeceased in January by his wife of 69 years, Carolyn Hotchkiss Leech.

Survivors are daughter Janis Blackman and son-in-law David Blackman of Sarasota, daughter Susan Allen and son-in-law Edmund Allen of McKinney; a brother, Ralph Leech of Rockdale; two grandchildren, Janet Harris of Arlington, L. Tyson Williams of Cypress; and four great-grandchildren, Christian, Benjamin, Max and Skyler.

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