Kenneth W. Leland Sr., 81, accountant with GAO

July 21, 2005

Kenneth White Leland Sr., a retired federal accountant, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Chester River Hospital Center. The former North Baltimore resident was 81.

Born and raised in LaSalle, Ill., he enlisted in the Army in World War II and was stationed in Europe. While serving later in a counterintelligence unit at Fort Holabird in Baltimore, he met Virginia White, and they married in 1947. They settled on Lake Avenue.

Mr. Leland earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University and later graduated from University of Maryland Law School.

He commuted to Washington by train for more than 30 years to work for the General Accounting Office, and was responsible for setting up accounting systems and investigative accounting. He retired in 1987.

Mrs. Leland, a former chemistry teacher at Baltimore's Southern High School, died in 1988.

Mr. Leland had lived since the late 1980s in Chestertown, and enjoyed travel, collecting coins and stamps, and family vacations. He was a former member of Padonia Park Club and Messiah United Church of Christ.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home in Chestertown.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth W. Leland Jr. of Red Bank, N.J.; a daughter, Virginia Leland Hicks of Annandale, Va.; and four grandchildren.

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