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Excerpt from: The Beloit Alumnus (June, 1949)
Roger Leavitt, graduate of the Class of 1882, three times president of the Beloit College Alumni Association, Alumni Trustee, prominent Iowa banker and historian, died in Santori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls, Ia., April 3 at the age of 88. He had entered the hospital the day before with a fractured hip following a fall in his Cedar Falls home. He was Cedar Falls' most widely known citizen and had been a banker and business man there for 61 years, as well as a church and historical society leader. He had kept scores of scrapbooks of historical materials which are now invaluable, and had at various times written articles of historical interest on Beloit College history.
Mr. Leavitt, was born in Waterloo, Ia, son of a pioneer business man who had gone there from Massachusetts in 1856. He spent two years in the Beloit Academy and four in Beloit College. He was elected to the Beloit Board of Trustees by the alumni in 1923, and remained on the board until 1932. Alumni elected him their president in 1905, 1906, and again in 1916, and he had also served on the Alumni Council. Until recent years he had been among the most loyal of returning alumni at Commencement time. He was also a member of the board of Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, of Grinnell College, and of Chicago Theological Seminary. He was largely responsible for saving the Iowa school from merger with other state institutions. He taught Dunday School for many years and was active in other religious groups. He is survived by four sons and two daughters, one of the sons being Charles T. Leavitt '25, now on the faculty of Iowa State Teachers College and a resident of Cedar Falls. Funeral services will be held in the First Congregational Church of that city.
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