HANOVER, N.H. — Edward Horst Leede, the first person to ever score 1,000 points as a member of the Dartmouth basketball team and the namesake of the college’s basketball arena, passed away at the age of 90 in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 24, 2018.
Leede distinguished himself in every respect throughout his college and professional career, not to mention a stint with the United States Marines that interrupted his studies. He earned a degree in chemistry from Dartmouth while starring for the basketball team, then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard in 1953 after a two-year stint in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
Leede held the Dartmouth scoring record with 1,331 points for more than two decades, serving as captain of the team as a senior and earning all-league honors in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League each of his four years on the team. He played in the East-West game during his senior campaign before being drafted in the third round by the Providence Steamrollers of the Basketball Association of America, which shortly thereafter merged with another league to form the NBA.
Leede’s NBA career lasted two seasons with the Boston Celtics, during which time he scored nearly 1,000 points. After finishing his master’s degree, he went on to a successful career in the oil and gas business, establishing Leede Exploration, in Midland, Texas, which has evolved to include business interests in a variety of industry sectors, including oilfield services, manufacturing, real estate development, IT and e-commerce.
Leede’s service to the college also included being vice-chairman for major gifts in the Campaign for Dartmouth, a four-year term on the Dartmouth College Athletic Council and gift chairman for his class reunion. In 1985, he and his wife, Margaret Anne, established the Margaret Anne and Edward Leede 1949 Distinguished Professorship. Two years later, Leede was recognized by Dartmouth for his many contributions with the naming of the basketball arena in his honor. Just last year, he was selected as one of the 16 members in the inaugural class of the “Legends of Ivy League Basketball.”
Leede is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Anne, five children, 10 grandchildren and many other loving family members.
“The Dartmouth community is very saddened by the news of Ed Leede’s passing,” said Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy. “He was a great athlete and competitor, but more importantly, an even better man, having served the College for many years while touching the lives of countless people with his generosity. He will forever be known as a Legend of Ivy League Basketball with a legacy of philanthropy that will endure. We send along our deepest condolences to Margaret Anne and their family as we all mourn and celebrate the life of one of Dartmouth’s favorite sons.”