Leonard E. Savory
Leonard (Sam) Erwin Savory passed away August 23, 2009 at Prospect Park Living Center at the age of 89. He was the son of Helen and Harold Savory and was born in Denver, Colorado on January 11, 1920. He received his schooling in Denver, graduating from South High School. He attended the University of Denver, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After receiving a Master’s degree at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1943, he was immediately asked to join the Manhattan Project which was developing the atomic bomb during World War II. He studied at Columbia University before working at Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the remainder of the war.
In 1946 after the war, he returned to Denver and taught at the University of Denver as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. It was there that he met and later married his wife, Dorothy Sweet. In 1950 he left the university to work at Los Alamos, New Mexico. There he was involved in the development of the first hydrogen bomb and its testing at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. He later moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where he worked as the Director of Research at the United Gas Laboratory. He was transferred to Houston, Texas when United Gas merged with the Pennzoil Corporation, and he ended his career there as the Senior Technical Advisor of the Environmental, Safety and Health Affairs Department. During his professional career, Leonard was a member of the Industrial Research Institute and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana. He was also a Fellow Emeritus of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society.
Leonard always loved being in the mountains, so he and Dorothy retired to Estes Park in 1981 so they could enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities. He also enjoyed wood-working, tennis, playing the piano, photography and traveling. He was active in the Noon Rotary Club, on the boards of the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation and the Estes Valley Memorial Gardens, president of the Friday Niters Dance Club and was a member of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies for 28 years where he served on the Session and in other capacities.
He is survived by the love of his life for 62 years, Dorothy; his son, Dr. Robert L. Savory and his wife, Sandra, of Shreveport, LA, and their daughter, Dr. Stephanie A. Savory; his son, Lieut. Col. Barry L. Savory and his wife, Alice, of Dayton, OH and their daughters and husbands, Heather and Troy Surdick and Amanda and Anthony D’Errico, of Atlanta, GA; and his son, Donald M. Savory and his wife, Kathy, of Steamboat Springs, CO and their children Karyn and Michael.
A memorial service was held at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 and interment will be in the Estes Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of Allnutt Funeral Home, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to see Sam’s on-line obituary and send a message to the family.