Leonard Royston French, 79

August 24, 2010
  • Leonard Royston French, 79

JAN. 17, 1931-AUG. 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leonard Royston French, 79, of Washington, D.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at the U.S. Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Born Saturday, Jan. 17, 1931, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Hillard W. French and the late Mabel E. Foreman French.

Leonard served 22 years in the Air Force as a B-25 airplane mechanic. He then transferred to the missile program. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for the government as a quality assurance representative for the A-10 program for Fairchild. He then retired from the government and went to work for McDonnell Douglas in Florida, working on the space station and the space lab. His name is inscribed on the Gemini monument for his contributions to the space program.

He was a past member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

He is survived by his brother, Lawrence M. French of Hagerstown, Md.; daughter, Kristy Ann Kahn, and husband Steve, of Baltimore, Md.; two sons, L. Michael French and fiance, Deborah Kagle, of Hagerstown, Md., and Scott H. French of Hagerstown, Md.; and three grandchildren, Michael L. French, Daniel E. French and Luke Kahn.


Family will receive friends at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD 21742 from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Private graveside services will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, Md.

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