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LEAHY, Richard


Richard “Papa” Leahy, family man, scholar, culinary malcontent, lover of books, egg fu young and coffee, died peacefully on October 31, 2018 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His greatest joy was to gather family and friends around a table, introduce a topic for discussion, take the most contrarian position and then let the fireworks begin.  Richard was born on June 11,1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Ethel and James Leahy. He attended Cretin High School then spent 7 years at the St. Paul Seminary. On April 15, 1961, Richard married Ann Maloney of Brighton, MA and moved to Washington, DC. Richard began his professional life at Minnesota Mutual. In 1975, he launched the Richard Leahy Corporation, which he ran successfully until he sold it in 1986.  In 1991, along with wife Ann and friend Sister Damon, Richard turned his attention to raising money to build a university to educate the rural poor in Carmen Pampa, Bolivia. Through his tireless efforts and powers of persuasion, the college became a reality and just celebrated its 25th Anniversary.  Papa’s eleven grandchildren Damon, Lucy, Eliza, Ellen, Annie, Daisy, Matt, Cassidy, Tony, Joe and Nora, his four children Molly, Tony, Kate and Mark and their spouses Joe, Reenie, Greg and Nadine and his wife Ann will miss the adventures and conversations they shared with him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ethel, brothers Jim, Jerry, Mike, Pat and his sister Janet.  Relatives and friends may call at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 5949 Western Ave. NW, Washington, DC, on Tuesday, November 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., where celebration of his life and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Carmen Pampa Fund, P.O. Box 131145,  St.Paul, MN 55113 or