In Memory

Mike Leavitt

Mike Leavitt

 Michael Wesley Leavitt

(May 9, 1963 - October 9, 1992)

The Facts, October 5, 1994

Mike Leavitt was on Swim Team, 4 years; AAU Junior Olympic Swim Team, 1 year; University of Texas Longhorn Aquatics, 1 year; Track Team 1 year; Symphonic Band, 4 years.

Source:  Treasure Chest Yearbook, 1981

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09/23/15 03:15 PM #1    

Joyce Retlewski (Drever)

I found this online about Mike.  I didn't know him in high school.  My friend, Andrea Nelson, introduced him to me when I was at the University of Texas, Austin.  I think this is the right person because I think she told me he died of a brain tumor.

Biographical Note

Michael Leavitt, graduate of the University of St. Thomas – Class of 1988 – was named the first director of the Office of Volunteer Opportunities (OVO). As an undergraduate, Michael became a positive force and leader on campus: president of the student association, founder of the fine arts club, chair of the communication club. Handicap ramps and campus bulletin boards exist on campus because of the efforts of Michael. In conjunction with the Center of International Studies, he was instrumental in helping to establish a free, non credit course open to the pubic entitled “South Africa and Me.” Michael’s life on the UST campus was one of love and action. He lived, breathed, and dreamed community service. Through his leadership, OVO became one of the most successful programs on the UST campus, with volunteers giving thousands of hours of their time.

In June 1992, Michael resigned his position as director because of health issues. He died on October 9, 1992, of a brain tumor. The Michael Leavitt Memorial Scholarship was created in his memory by his parents. Also, the OVO facility on campus was given the name the Michael Leavitt Room. 


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