March 06, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Leon ("Lee") Brodeur, an alumnus and former member of Saint Anselm College's Board of Trustees, died Jan. 29, 2015, at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 87.
A native of Manchester, N.H., Brodeur served in the U.S. Army at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds from 1945-47. After graduating from Saint Anselm with a degree in chemistry in 1951, he worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., for 35 years. During his time there he served as president, chief operating officer, and finally vice chair of the board of directors.
"Saint Anselm College is very grateful for the affection Mr. Brodeur had for the College, for his support and for his service on the Board of Trustees. We certainly will remember him fondly in our prayers," said President Emeritus Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.
An avid golfer, until 2012 Brodeur held the third oldest membership at Firestone Country Club in Akron. Also a horse lover, he co-owned racehorses with another former Firestone executive.
Brodeur was active in his home parish, St. Hilary's Church and helped with many charities in Akron, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen, their sons Ken and Steve, daughter Michelle, and two granddaughters.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on March 20 at his home parish of St. Hilary Catholic Church in Fairlawn, Ohio, a suburb of Akron.