Roy B. Leach, M. D. - An experienced physician and public spirited citizen, Dr. Roy B. Leach is numbered among
the representative men of Joliet, and is one who has honorably won the position he holds in his profession. He
was born at Gardner, Grundy County, III., Oct. 31, 1876, the son of Henry and Ione (Howland) Leach. A complete
sketch of Henry Leach appears elsewhere in this history.
Roy B. Leach attended the grammar and high school of Gardner and Joliet, being graduated from Joliet High School
in 1897. He then entered Rush Medical College in affiliation with University of Chicago, from which he received
his degree as Doctor of Medicine in 1901. For a year thereafter he was interne at the Englewood Hospital, Chicago,
and engaged in practice at Victoria, Mich., in 1902. The following year he came to Joliet where he has since engaged
in private practice. He has taken post graduate work at Harvard University.
In 1903 Dr. Leach was married to Miss Edna Stevens, the daughter of R. B. and Olive (Cope) Stevens. The Stevens
family settled at Pawnee, Neb., where Mr. Stevens was engaged in general farming for many years. Mr. Stevens died
April 28, 1928, aged 92 years. His wife is deceased, having died at age of 47. To Dr. and Mrs. Leach have been
born two sons: Robert, born Nov. 3, 1908, a graduate of Joliet Township High School, attends Lombard College; and
Arthur Clinton, born Aug. 2, 1913, attends Joliet Township High School.
Dr. Leach is a member of St. John's Universalist Church and is president of the Board of Trustees. He belongs to
the Masonic Lodge, Joliet Country Club, and Rotary Club. He is a member of the Will County Medical Society, of
which he has served as president, and he also belongs to the Illinois State Medical Society and American Medical
Association. Dr. Leach is connected with the staffs of St. Joseph's Hospital and Silver Cross Hospital.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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