Lee V. Leak, an anatomy professor at Howard University’s College of Medicine who retired in 2012, died Sept. 11 at his home in Dickerson, Md. He was 81.

The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, said his wife, Eleanor Merrick Leak.

Dr. Leak joined the Howard faculty in 1971, established a cell biology lab and was chairman of the anatomy department for a period.

Lee Virn Leak was a native of Chesterfield, S.C., and a 1954 biology graduate of South Carolina State University. At Michigan State University, he received a master’s degree in cell biology in 1959 and a doctorate in cell biology and electron microscopy in 1962.

He was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac and served as superintendent of the homemade wine competition at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair for more than 20 years.

Early in his career, Dr. Leak was an assistant professor at Michigan State University and Harvard Medical School. He also worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Eleanor Merrick Leak of Dickerson; two children, Lee V. Leak Jr. of Englewood, N.J., and Alice Dillon of Rockville; a brother; and five grandchildren.

— Samantha Hogan