ARCO (Retired)
Spring, Texas

BS CHE 1967 University of Missouri-Columbia
MS CHE 1968, University of Missouri-Rolla
PhD CHE 1974, University of Missouri-Rolla
MBA 1996 Villanova University

Leon began his career with United States Steel Chemicals in 1971 where he worked in process development for Polystyrene and Polyethylene and where he decided to make a career in Plastics. In 1977, he joined ARCO Polymers/Atlantic Richfield where he held research management positions in Engineering Plastics, Polyethylene, HDPE/LLDPE, Expandable Polystyrene, Engineering Plastic Foams and Specialty Chemicals. He retired from ARCO in 1995, but was coaxed into returning to Industry to assist Baker Petrolite market their Plastics Additives. He retired a second and final time in 2002.
Leon is a member of Phi Kappa Theta (UMR), Tau Beta Pi (UMC), and Beta Gamma Sigma (VU). He has provided research leadership and contributed to many advances in the Plastics Industry during its coming of age. He and his wife, Linda reside in Spring, Texas, a northwest suburb of Houston. Leon was inducted into the Academy in 2004.