Claremont Insider: Farewell, Leo

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Farewell, Leo

Daily Bulletin writer Leo Greene passed away overnight Friday, the Daily Bulletin reported today in an article by Deputy Managing Editor Jeff Keating.

Green, who was diagnosed in August, 2006, with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), wrote about his journey through the progression of his illness in a remarkable series of columns for the Bulletin, as today's article noted:

In the newspaper and on his Web site, Leo's candid assessments of the toll the disease was taking on his body were countered in his words and pictures by what he described as a growing spiritual awareness, increased concern for the needs of those around him - especially family - and a pressing desire to pass on his skills and life lessons to the generations to follow.

"Having a notion of when the end might come allows time to prepare, to adjust priorities," Leo wrote in a column published one year ago today. "Spiritual knowledge can be found in an awareness of the life around us."

Greene's columns are maintained by the Bulletin on a page called "Leo's Story." Greene also maintained a blog where he posted letters from readers.

PBS station KCET's "Life and Times" also profiled Greene.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Our condolences go out to Greene's family and to the Bulletin staff, where Greene was a beloved friend and mentor.