Leonard Geller, 89


WARWICK, R.I. – Leonard Geller, of Greenwich Farms, died Aug. 26 at home. He was the beloved husband of Esther (Friedman) Geller for 67 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Harry and Rose (Wasserman) Geller, he had lived in Warwick for 1 1/2 years, previously residing in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Leonard served in the Navy in WWII, then attended Brooklyn College on the GI bill, graduating in 1948. That year, as captain of the math team, he won the individual and team William Lowell Putnam awards in mathematics. He then graduated from MIT in 1951, where he received his doctoral degree in mathematics from his mentor, Dr. Norbert Weiner. He had a career as a nuclear engineer and consulted internationally. After retiring, he joined his wife in their rare and antiquarian book business, Elgen Books. A quiet scholar, Leonard was never happier than when surrounded by his family and his books.

Devoted father of Mark Geller and his wife Jocelyn of Colorado Springs, Colo., Joshua Geller and his wife Anna of Beacon, N.Y., and Naomi (Geller) Lipsky and her husband Edward Haskell of Johnston. Dear brother of the late Edward Geller, Frances Klausner, Bertha Morgenstern and Gladys Klein. Loving grandfather of Aaron, Julia, Hannah, David and Tenzin.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1 Battery Park Plaza, 25th floor, New York, N.Y. 10004-1405.