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Douglas Leatherdale, Former St. Paul Companies Head, Passes Away

In recent years, he provided several philanthropic gifts to the communities in which he lived or grew up.

Douglas Leatherdale, former chair and CEO of the St. Paul Companies died this past Sunday. He was 79 years old.
 
Leatherdale started at the insurance company in 1972 and was its head from 1990 to 2001. In 2004, it merged with Traveler’s. He also served UnitedHealth Group as an independent director and, prior to joining the St. Paul Companies, was a pension executive for the Lutheran Church in America.
 
In a write up about his death, the Star Tribune noted that he gave extensively to the communities around him, including $5 million for the “Douglas and Louise Leatherdale Music Director Chair” in honor of Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, money for an equine center at the University of Minnesota and $2 million for a zoo redevelopment in Winnipeg (where he was born).
 
You can read his obituary here.