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Leonard Alfred Tabor

February 26, 1932 — March 14, 2023

Leonard Alfred Tabor was born on February 26, 1932, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina and departed this life on March 14, 2023 in Odenton, Maryland at the age of 91. Born to Sadie Juanita Blackburn and Leonard Aaron Tabor, he spent his youth between Wilkesboro, NC and Philadelphia, PA. with many summers with the Tabor family in Mocksville, NC. He graduated from Lincoln Heights School as the class Salutatorian and always seeking knowledge, continued his studies at North Carolina Central University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Entomology. He later received a fellowship to earn a Masters of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1955, Leonard was drafted into the United States Navy were he proudly severed as a Navy Corpsmen stationed at Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune. Obituary After leaving the Navy, Leonard served 32 years with the US Federal Government in Washington, DC. His service began at the Pentagon, in the Adjutant Generals Office. He later spent time working in the research department with the Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library and completed his government career with the Food and Nutrition Service. After retiring, he obtained a grant from the National Science Foundation to work in the chemistry laboratory at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. An avid reader and sports enthusiast, he enjoyed watching the Washington Redskins (Commanders), Golden State Warriors, golf, Maryland Men's and Women's Basketball teams. He served on the vestry board at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Boy Scout Committeeman and became an Order of the Arrow recipient. He also served as an officer in the Arundel High School Band Association. Through his love of genealogy, he served as the historian and genealogist for the Harris Family of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Through his decades of research, he was able to trace the Harris family back through the Revolutionary War. (Note: there was no internet search and all work was done in libraries, court houses and cemeteries) Leonard was proceeded in death by his wife, Ethel Watkins Tabor, Mother and Father and brother Stephen E. Blackburn, and a host of other relatives and friends. He is survived by his son, Mark and daughter-in-law Ann Tabor, daughter Tracy Tabor of Clayton, NC, grandchildren Victoria (Tabor) and Edward Schneider of Crofton, MD., Jeffrey Tabor of Nashville, TN. Great Grandson John Nelson of Crofton, MD. A special thanks to Susanne Guercioni for all her loving care and support. And lastly his playful cat Adagio.

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