Lasting Memories

Leah McDonough
April 24, 1924-Jan. 16, 2013
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Leah McDonough died Jan. 16, 2013, in Redwood City of complications from Alzheimer's.

Born and raised in New York City, she and her husband Joseph McDonough had lived in Palo Alto since 1962. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years in 2010. They had known each other since they were 3 years old.

Leah attended the College of New Rochelle (CNR), received a Master's Degree at Fordham University, and earned her Doctorate in Psychology at Michigan State University. CNR awarded Leah a scholarship during the Great Depression, allowing her to pursue a career in psychology. Without CNR's generous support, Leah would never have achieved her many accomplishments.

A clinical psychologist, Leah worked for San Mateo County for more than two decades. For 12 years, she directed the forensic unit of San Mateo County's Mental Health Division. Her psychology research was published in numerous articles and book chapters. After retiring from the County, she took up writing essays and short stories, publishing locally and nationally. She enjoyed babysitting for her granddaughter Carrie. Leah and Joe traveled extensively, and loved to take Carrie along with them. Leah was a trail-blazer of her generation and an inspiration to her daughter and granddaughter. She was a devoted and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and citizen of the world, and will be deeply missed.

Leah is survived by her daughter, Susan McDonough (Warren Mar); and her granddaughter, Caroline Mar (Sandy Metivier).