Thomas Wal­lace Leach, M.D.

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Died peace­fully at home in his sleep, San Fran­cisco, Oc­to­ber 20, 2018, age 71. Beloved hus­band of Karen, cher­ished fa­ther of Thomas, Stephen (Zara), and Chris­tine Leach, es­teemed brother of Sis­ter Mary Vir­ginia, OP (MSJ), Vin­cent, Joseph, and the late Rev. Jerome Leach. Pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, Thomas Wal­lace and Agnes Leach. Ad­mired cousin of Dr. Matthew (Suzanne), Jerome (Naomi), and Maryann Barulich.

Dr. Leach at­tended Mis­sion Dolores and St. James El­e­men­tary Schools ‘61, St. Ig­natius High ‘65, Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco ‘69, and Creighton Univer­sity Med­i­cal School, Omaha, where he earned his MD in ‘73. He com­pleted an Anes­the­si­ol­ogy res­i­dency at UCSF and then served from 1977 un­til his re­tire­ment in 2012 as a mem­ber of the Anes­the­si­ol­o­gists Med­i­cal Group of San Fran­cisco, prac­tic­ing in the City at St. Fran­cis Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal. Tom min­is­tered to his pa­tients and their fam­i­lies with com­pas­sion, care and ex­per­tise through­out his ca­reer. He par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ated his vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties in Palau, Is­lands of Mi­crone­sia, and the Philip­pines where he as­sisted in re­con­struc­tive surg­eries, es­pe­cially those healing fa­cial de­for­mi­ties and cleft palates, bring­ing joy to young pa­tients re­lieved of the suf­fer­ing as­so­ci­ated with their ap­pear­ance.

Dr. Leach was a parish­ioner of St. Stephen Catholic Church, SF, and ac­tive in the school life of St. Bren­dan, SF, where his chil­dren were ed­u­cated and his wife Karen has taught Kin­der­garten since 1997. He was an avid reader, en­joyed sports, and took plea­sure in hunt­ing and fish­ing re­sult­ing from his time in Ne­braska. He loved fam­ily travel and cher­ished mem­o­ries of these var­ied trips by chron­i­cling his ad­ven­tures in words, pho­tos and movies.

Tom was a good man, a friend to many (“Da Bears” soft­ball team), a trusted pro­fes­sional re­source and some­one who un­fail­ingly went “above and be­yond” in his ser­vice to fam­ily, friends and pa­tients. He was blessed with many life­long friend­ships and his loss is pro­foundly felt.

Fam­ily and friends are in­vited to the visita­tion at Dug­gan’s Serra Mor­tu­ary, 500 West­lake Av­enue, Daly City, on Sun­day, Novem­ber 4th be­tween the hours of 3pm and 6pm. Prayer Ser­vice will com­mence at 4pm. The Fu­neral Mass will be cel­e­brated on Mon­day, Novem­ber 5th at 10:30am, St. Stephen Catholic Church, 451 Eu­ca­lyp­tus Dr., SF. Pri­vate Com­mit­tal, Holy Cross Ceme­tery, Colma.

In lieu of flow­ers, char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions pre­ferred to Do­mini­can Sis­ters of Mis­sion San José, Lit­tle Chil­dren’s Aid or Catholic Char­i­ties.

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