Walter Murray Leech

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb The Washington Post  2007

Walter Murray Leech

Walter Murray "Kirk" Leech, 87, a cartographer who became deputy director of the
Defense Mapping Agency's Hydrographic/Topographic Center, died of cancer Sept. 20
at Capital Hospice's Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington County.

Mr. Leech worked as a cartographer for what was then the Army Map Service from 1946
to 1963. He retired from the successor Defense Mapping Agency in 1979.

He was born in Guthrie, Ky., moved to Washington in 1930 and graduated from the old  
Central High School. In 1937, he won an essay contest for Washington Times Herald
newspaper carriers that included a trip to Europe. He toured Europe for about three
weeks and wrote articles for the paper about his experiences, a son said.

During World War II, he served in North Africa, Europe and the Pacific with the Army
Corps of Engineers as a lieutenant colonel.

From George Washington University, Mr. Leech receved a bachelor's degree in
business administration and, in the early 1970s, an MBA, both with honors.

He lived in McLean for 40 years before moving recently to Falls Church.

He was a member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in McLean, where he served on the
vestry and taught Sunday school and confirmation classes.

His wife of 53 years, Adelaide Baden Leech, died in 1996.

Survivors include four sons, Michael Leech of Falls Church, Steven Leech of Tinton Falls,
N.J., Paul Leech of Arlington and Andrew Leech of Maplewood, N.J.; a brother; and six
grandchildren.
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