Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary

2000

Leir, Henry J., 1900-1998

Henry J. Leir (1900-1998), H1979, was an internationally known industrialist and a long time benefactor of Tufts University.

Born in Germany, Leir began his career at a Bonn-based metals and mining business. He fled Nazi Germany in 1933, establishing residence in Luxembourg, where he remained until 1938. In 1938, Leir left for the United States, where he established the Continental Ore Corporation and a number of successful trading companies worldwide.

Leir sold his business in 1968 and became a philanthropist, with Tufts often benefiting from his generosity. He made substantial donations to the Elizabeth Van Huysen Mayer Campus Center, and was an early supporter of the Tufts European Center in Talloires. His receipt of an honorary degree in 1979 coincided with the center's opening. Leir also donated to the School of Nutrition, establishing the Jean Mayer Chair in Nutrition, and pledged unrestricted support to aid the Fletcher School's operating budget.

Leir died on July, 15, 1998, in Manhattan. A bust of Lier created by his niece, sculptor Marcelle Quinton, is displayed in the lobby of the Aidekman Arts Center.

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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