Math Teacher’s Sudden Death Shocks Midland Park (Leon Varjian)

When I logged into my blog this morning I discovered remembrances about Leon Varjian piling in. From them I learned that this unique individual, whom I knew in Bloomington in 1974 and again in Madison circa 1980, passed away suddenly this week.

It’s hard to describe the impact of a person who appeared to take NOTHING seriously, and yet carried a great humanitarian inside his clown costume.

So, by way of tribute to Leon, a few links…

Leon led Boombox Parades, outfitting the crowd with his collection of cast-off band uniforms purchased at auction. I received one from Leon on the occasion of my 18th birthday.

Leon led Boombox Parades, outfitting the crowd with his collection of cast-off Indiana University band uniforms purchased at auction. I received one from Leon on the occasion of my 18th birthday.

 

Now the obituaries are starting to appear…

Wisconsin State Journal: Leon Varjian: Prankster, math teacher, dies of suspected heart attack at 64

I’d post the Bloomington Herald Tribune, but it requires onerous contribution of personal information. Leon wouldn’t approve so I won’t.

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