Friday, February 27, 2009

Leonard Feldheym (1916 - 1997)

Leonard Feldheym

Leonard Feldheym, 80, a Saratoga resident for 48 years, died Dec. 29 of natural causes at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose.

Feldheym was an architect who designed a number of houses in Saratoga, including one that received an award from Better Homes and Gardens, said his wife, Betty.

Feldheym was born in Chicago in Jan. 29, 1916, and was educated at UC-Berkeley, where he obtained a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in economics.

He began his architecture practice as a sole proprietor, then joined Allen DeGrange and Twain Reid in the San Jose firm of Feldheym, DeGrange and Reid, where he was able to pursue his dream of building affordable housing, said Betty Feldheym.

"This was something he always wanted to do," said his wife. "He was on the Affordable Housing Committee of the Santa Clara County Council of Churches and on the Social Responsibility Committee of Los Gatos Unitarian Fellowship."

Feldheym was active in the Saratoga Senior Center and the Los Gatos Unitarian Fellowship.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Feldheym leaves a daughter, Ellen Jackson of Sacramento, and two granddaughters, Jessica and Joycelyn Jackson, both students at UC-Davis.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship, 15980 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos.

This article appeared in the Saratoga News, January 8, 1997.

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