Charles R. Leake
Army Analyst, Math Teacher
Charles R. Leake, 74, a Defense Department analyst and mathematics teacher, died of colorectal cancer Oct. 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a Springfield resident.
From 1975 until shortly before his death, Dr. Leake worked for the Army, most recently at the Center for Army Analysis at Fort Belvoir as an operations research analyst. There he designed, conducted and reported on a number of studies involving operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
He also did statistical analysis for other projects, including for an article on breast cancer published recently in a scientific journal.
Dr. Leake was born in New York's Greenwich Village, where he lived until 1970. He studied math and received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in math in 1965 and a doctoral degree in math education in 1969 from New York University while holding down jobs full time during the day.
He was a shipping clerk from 1951 until 1963, taught junior high school math in New Jersey for a year, then became an assistant math professor at Wagner College in New York in 1965. By 1970, he was an assistant professor of math at Bronx Community College, and five years later he went to work for the Defense Department.
He had more than 30 years' experience teaching math, statistics, computer science/architecture and operational research full or part time at numerous colleges, including the University of Virginia and George Mason University. He taught courses via the Internet for the past several years for the University of Maryland University College and the American Military University.
Dr. Leake published two books, "Linear Algebra" (1970) and "Pre-Algebra Mathematics" (1973).
He had been a member of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, since 1957, a member of American Mensa since 1966 and a member of the Military Research Society, the Association of the U.S. Army and the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1970.
His marriage to Rita Boitano ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Rita I. Leake of Springfield; a son from his first marriage, Robert J. Leake of Carrollton, Va.; two children from his second marriage, Anna M. Leake of Springfield and Charles R. Leake Jr. of North Springfield; a brother; and two granddaughters.
Edward Wilson Kelso
Edward Wilson Kelso, 65, retired Defense Department systems accountant, died of complications from heart disease and diabetes Oct. 27 at his home in Arlington.
A ninth-generation Washingtonian, Mr. Kelso was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and served in the Navy from 1963 to 1965 in the District in the Antarctic projects office.
He graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in 1969 with a degree in business and started his federal career with the Department of the Navy. He was assigned to the Defense Department's financial accounting services when the services were consolidated. He retired in 1992. He loved sports, was a fan of the old Washington Senators baseball team and desperately wanted to see baseball return to the city. He was a former member of Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church and since 1971 was a member of Little Falls Presbyterian Church in Arlington.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Madaline Kelso of Arlington; two sons, Keith Edward Kelso and Richard Leon Kelso, both of Arlington; and a sister, Gwendolyn Kelso of Washington.