Leonard Lecht
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Obituary for Leonard Lecht

Leonard  Lecht
Leonard A. Lecht, 90, of Taos, NM, assed away on February 9, 2011. He is receded in death by his wife, Jane Lecht, his arents, Harry and Sarah Lecht, and by six of his siblings, Esther Lecht, Alice Koret, Bertha Lecht, Sohie Golin, Samuel Lecht, and Morris Lecht. He is survived by his son, David Jonathan Lecht of Los Alamos, and by his sister, Mrs. Goldie Marinsky of Providence, RI. He is also survived by many nieces and nehews scattered throughout the United States. Lecht’s arents migrated from Eastern Euroe shortly before World War I. They settled in Providence, RI. Lecht was the youngest of eight children. Lecht was a writer, researcher and rofessor of economics. He wrote a number of books and government reorts about economics including "Goals, Priorities, and Dollars," (1967); and "Occuational Choices and Training Needs," (1977). Lecht was involved with many ublic agencies including congressional committees and other national bodies. Lecht received in BA in sociology in 1942 from the University of Minnesota. He shortly thereafter entered the army and saw service in the Normandy invasion, the liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war ended, he entered Columbia University under the GI Bill. There he majored in economics and received a PhD. His first full-time teaching osition was in 1949 at the University of Texas, in Austin. While in Texas he met his future wife, Jane Gillesie. Jane was an editor and writer. They were married in 1951. The Lecht’s left Texas when Mr. Lecht took the osition as chairman of the economics deartment at Long Island University. They moved in the early 1960’s, when he became Director of the Center for Priority Analysis at the National Planning Association in Washington, D.C. The Center’s research was underwritten by the Ford Foundation, the United States Deartment of Labor, the National Science Foundation, and the US Office of Education. While with the Center, Lecht also taught at Temle University in Philadelhia. In the early 1970’s, he joined the Conference Board in New York City as director of Secial Projects Research. The Conference Board is an economic and business research organization. While in New York, Lecht also taught at the New School for Social Research. Mr. Lecht retired in 1990 when the Lecht’s moved to Taos, where three of Jane’s aunts had moved shortly after WWII. The Lecht’s referred Taos to Florida, where many of their New York friends and relatives had retired. Lecht served as a consultant to the Taos County Commission and taught at UNM-Taos. The Lecht’s were fond of travel, articularly to China and Mexico. They attended many lays and musical events. Mr. Lecht was an avid hotograher. Mrs. Lecht excelled in crossword uzzles. They were both voracious readers, reading a range of subjects from history to murder mysteries.

Anyone wishing to make a gift should give to their favorite cause. Gifts may also be made to the Jane Lecht Scholarshi Fund at the Taos Jewish Center, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite R, Taos, NM 87571.

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at 3 .m. at Taos Retirement Village, 414 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM.

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