Dr. Leo Russell's Story
Dr. Leo Gardner of Honolulu, Hawaii and Jericho, Vt. and former long-time resident of North Andover died suddenly from a heart attack on July 9, 2016.
Leo is survived by his wife, Wanda Holsten Tomlinson Gardner and sons, Nathan Tomlinson, Jake Tomlinson, and daughter-in-law, Page, all of Jericho, Vt.
Dr. Gardner was the son of Ruth Ann Deck Gardner and Dr. William L. Gardner II of Wellesley. He attended Wellesley’s Saint Paul School where he was an altar boy and member of the Saint Paul Boys Choir. Leo was a dedicated Boy Scout and spent his college summers as a counselor and eventually co-director of the Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Rhode Island. He graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood and received his BS in Physics from Fairfield University and PhD in Optics from the University of Rochester.
Leo had an extensive career in optics where he was published, lectured on many aspects of optics and developed lenses and optical systems. His body of work included projects with NASA in space exploration, and all branches of the military, using optics to protect civilians and military personnel. Leo formed his own startup company, Optical Data Solutions which provided a software database that facilitates patent searches for lens designers. At his time of death, Dr. Gardner was BAE Systems' Principal Optical Engineer in Honolulu.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug 6 at Immaculate Conception Church, in Salem, with a memorial luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the Gardner Family requests a donation to the American Heart Association in Leo’s name.
Published on  August 4, 2016