June 17, 1925 ~ September 27, 2016
Edmond was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Peter Charles Leys and Josephine Dunay. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. His early experience in architectural and engineering offices covered elements of the entire building construction industry. Noteworthy projects included the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, John Hancock Western Headquarters Building in San Francisco, Shell Headquarters Office Building in Melbourne, United Airlines Facilities in San Francisco, Academic Complex at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Headquarters Office Building for Monsanto Chemical Co. and Norman M. Beatty Memorial Hospital, in Indiana. Following fifteen years in the Office of Design and Construction at Stanford University as manager of Special Projects, Project Manager and Senior Planner, Leys went to Santa Clara University where he served as Director of Architecture and Construction for nine years. There he supervised all remodeling and construction projects on campus and developed the master plan. Civic activities included involvement in urban beautification and architectural award programs, five years on the Fremont Planning Commission, and service on Architectural selection committees of public college facilities and municipal and county agencies. Ed's interests included the cultural arts, reading, tennis and golf. Known as a gentle man of integrity and kindness, Ed will be greatly missed by those who loved him. Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diane, children Edmond II, George, Jonathan, Stephen (Norma), Mary, and Jo (John), eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A mass of Resurrection will be held at St. Joseph's Church on Monday, October 10 at 11:00am. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.