Plant Mol Biol (2015) 88:1–2 DOI 10.1007/s11103-015-0306-1 OBITUARY 1 2 3 Joe L. Key · Andrzej B. Legocki · Jacques H. Weil Published online: 1 April 2015 © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and then served as a Marine Corps officer in the mountains of Korea. After returning home and leaving formal duty in the Marines (because of Leon’s loyalty and love for the Marine Corps as well as his patriotism, he remained an active reserve Officer, reaching the rank of Colonel before retiring from the Marine Reserves), Leon returned to the University of Virginia where he received an M. S. degree in plant embry- ology. He then continued his graduate education at the University of Texas where he received his Ph.D. in plant physiology. After this, Leon joined the developing fac- ulty of biochemistry of the UGA in 1960 as a postdoc- toral researcher working on bioluminescence—a pioneer- ing step as he was in fact the first postdoctoral researcher at the UGA! He continued on the faculty of biochemistry and retired in 2003 as Franklin Professor of Biochemistry after a distinguished research career. Leon was also greatly respected as a masterful teacher,
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