Glen C. Leach, 88, a photographer who got his start with the Washington Evening Star, died Dec. 15 at his home in Rockville of progressive
supranuclear palsy, a degenerative brain disease.
Mr. Leach was born in the District and graduated from Central High School in 1935. He joined the Evening Star two years later and then
enlisted in the Marine Corps at the start of World War II. He was assigned to a B-25 bomber squadron in the Pacific, where he did aerial
reconnaissance and mapping, as well as low-altitude skip bombing.
He returned to the Star in 1945 and stayed with the newspaper until its demise in 1981. He held numerous positions over the years,
including chief of the Star's color section, photo journalist in the editorial department and a member of the production staff of the Star's
Home-Life magazine. He also taught night classes in photography at Southeastern University and designed the color studio and color lab
for the Washington's Star's new building in 1957.
After the Star closed, he set up his own studio and went into business for himself. He worked mainly with decorators and real estate
developers, photographing model homes. He gradually stopped working in the mid-1990s.
Mr. Leach was an avid skier, having learned in his mid-40s. He preferred the mountains of New England and enjoyed skiing until a few
years before his death.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lillian Leach of Rockville.