Leigh, Father Thomas

1974, July 24

Date of Birth: 1920, September 24

Thomas Leigh was born on September 24, 1920, in Newark, New Jersey. His father’s trade brought the family to Ashland, Kentucky, where Thomas received his elementary and high-school education in Holy Family Parish School. After that he came to St. Charles College in Catonsville, Maryland, and advanced to St. Mary’s Seminary, Paca Street. He received his B.A. in 1941. For his Theology he advanced to St. Mary’s Seminary, Roland Park. There, he earned his S.T.B. in 1943 and his S.T.L. in 1945. He was ordained on March 17, 1945, for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The following June he received an M.S. in Library Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Father Leigh’s first assignment was to St. Joseph’s College in Mountain View, California, where in 1945-1946, he taught Latin, History, and Religion. The following year, 1946-1947, he made his Solitude at St. Mary’s Seminary, Paca Street. For the next two years he taught Latin and French at St. Charles College. He went to St. Mary’s Seminary in 1949 to teach Philosophy and Latin, and to act as Librarian. When the Paca Street seminary moved to the St. Charles College campus in Catonsville to form St. Mary’s Seminary College, Father Leigh came to the newly named college. He died on July 24, 1974.

Adapted from Father Leigh’s “Personal Data” sheet.