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  • 1.  Passing of Leon Headley

    Posted 11-04-2019 17:55
    Leon S. Headley passed away at home in Washington D.C. on October 30, 2019. He was a graduate from The University Of Wisconsin in River Falls Wisconsin where he was inducted into their Hall Of Fame for his long standing track and field record in the 100 yard dash. Leon enjoyed his career as a Medical Technologist at the Georgetown University Hospital and later as an inspector of medical laboratories throughout the U.S. with COLA.

    Leon was a fixture at ASCLS Annual Meetings and Legislative Symposia, having received his 50 year membership recognition last year in Chicago. He was actively involved in ASCLS throughout his career and was on the original Diversity Advocacy Council starting way back in the day when it was called the  Caucus. He was also an Alpha Mu Tau member. Leon  served many roles in ASCLS and for years was one of the faces of the DC constituent Society for ASCLS.

    50 year award of Lean Headley


    What his laboratory colleagues may not have known is his love of recorded music drove him to become Washington D.C.'s DJ extraordinaire known as "Panama Butch". After retirement he kept very busy organizing golf outings, teaching Sunday School Classes, helping his wife with
    her feeding program and most recently, being a founding member of his hometown's Gamboa Reunion Group.

    Leon is survived by is wife Alice, his son Brian, and his daughter Tanya, his grandchildren Alejandra and Jordan Headley and
    his daughter-in-law Tanya Codrington-Headley.

    A Memorial Service will be held on November 23,2019 at 11:00 AM at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 5119 4th St. N.W. ,
    Washington D.C.

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    Jim Flanigan, CAE
    Executive Vice President
    American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
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