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Leon Taranto

Profile Updated: October 21, 2020
Residing In:
Rockville, MD USA
Spouse/Partner:
Ellen Patterson
Occupation:
Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Div.
Children:
Michael, b. 1988; Rebecca, b. 1990
Cell Phone:

240-602-7545

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I greatly enjoyed our 40th reunion and thank all the planners who worked so hard to make possible this great event, and especially to Buddy Ray whose interactive web page enabled us to develop and channel the enthusiasm and connections with one another in advance of and following the reunion. Two months after our reunion, I rejoined the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington DC as a Trial Attorney in the Torts Branch, Civil Division. I had previously worked in the Torts Branch (though in a different section) from 1977 to early 1991, and then left for private practice. It's great to again be representing the USA and serving the public interest.

In my spare time, I like to enjoy my family, a few light sports (tennis, cycling, swimming, hiking, and more recent - with Snowmaggedon in Washington DC - shoveling snow and ice), read history/novels/trivia, and pursue Sephardic Jewish genealogy (I've presented on this at international conferences, and written articles for several publications).

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Thanks to Richard Siegel on the name changed for our beloved alma mater, do the school formerly known as Henry W. Grady High. I had not known of Ida B. Wells, but only a quick foray into Goggle tells me what an incredibly impressive person she was, and her contributions and bravery standing out as truly remarkable given the challenges and oppression to Black Americans in that tumultuous period (unfortunately and tragically true for most of American history. I did not discern a connection to her locally, but her national stature stands out and those who will attend our renamed school can and will be proud that it bears her name and legacy.

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Rhona was always uplifting to be around.  She could light up a room -- or leave you with a smile in a personal moment or even a sad occasion. I remember delightfully the time she brought her accordion to Morningside and played it for us in our pre-Grady years.

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I am very sorry about Barry's death and the especially terrible loss to Linda and their family.  Classmates since early Morningside, I especially enjoyed the time spent with Barry as we worked closely together on Southerner. By senior year, I thought of him as our class' Mr Cool, with his wit and intelligence, can do attitude, newly sprouted beard, and car with 4-track music, Box Tops and all.

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With my wife (Ellen Patterson, Dykes High School class of 1973) on right, and kids Michael (senior at Tulane) and Rebecca (sophomore at Univ. of Maryland)
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Ellen and me on our New England trip, where we went the day after I returned home from our 40th Grady reunion.