For­mer Gan­nochy Trust chair­man Dr Russell Leather, 93

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Dr Russell Leather, who died peace­fully on Christ­mas Day aged 93, made an ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to pub­lic life.

This de­rived from his ex­ten­sive work with the Gan­nochy Trust, of which he was a trustee for 40 years, 17 as chair­man.

Af­ter school in Ed­in­burgh Dr Leather vol­un­teered for the Royal Corps of Sig­nals and saw ac­tive ser­vice in the Far East.

Dur­ing his ca­reer with Fer­ranti, where he came up with no fewer than 25 patents, he was in­vited to join the Gan­nochy Trust, a ma­jor Scot­tish grant­mak­ing trust es­tab­lished by AK Bell.

He was piv­otal in the trust’s con­tri­bu­tion to the fab­ric of Perth and Kin­ross with projects such as the fund­ing and sub­se­quent de­vel­op­ment of Bell’s Sports Cen­tre, the leisure pool, De­wars Cen­tre, the AK Bell Li­brary and as chair­man of the con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee for the ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion of Perth Theatre be­tween 1980 and 1991.

The value of the trust’s and his own in­volve­ment were recog­nised in 1988 when Dundee Univer­sity con­ferred on him an hon­orary doc­tor­ate in law.

He served on many other bod­ies, in­clud­ing the Kin­car­rathie Trust, Perth and Kin­ross Her­itage Trust and as a founder mem­ber of Perth Civic Trust he helped to save Perth Water­works, which ul­ti­mately be­came the Fer­gus­son Gallery.

To ful­fil the pur­poses of the trust’s ma­jor grant to Perth Con­cert Hall in its build­ing phase, he and his co-trus­tees in­sisted it should pri­mar­ily be a con­cert hall and not a con­fer­ence cen­tre, so he paid great at­ten­tion to en­sure a high-qual­ity acous­tic.

Dr Leather is sur­vived by his wife Muriel, his son Christo­pher and daugh­ter Ann and four grand­chil­dren.

A ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing will be held at 2.30pm on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 16 in St Leonards-in-the-Fields Church, Perth, the church at which he was an el­der.

Dr Leather.

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