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Leonard Granville Doran, 88, of Carlisle, passed away peacefully after a short illness on April 5th, 2010 at Thornwald Home. He was born on April 13, 1921, in New Bedford, MA, a son of the late Ralph and Marion (Hicks) Doran. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy, also of Thornwald Home. He is also survived by his children; Jeff of Nova Scotia, Canada, Christopher (and wife, Ann Burnett) of New Cumberland, Hugh (and wife, Marcia) of Olalla, WA, Lisa Taulbee (and husband, Dan) of Lexington, KY and Kirk of Carlisle, and five grandchildren; Lucas of Nova Scotia, Amelia of British Columbia, Katie-Rose of Lexington, and Ryland and Noah, of Olalla; and one sister, Carolyn Chace of Hopkinton, MA.

Leonard graduated from Harvard University in 1942 and received a master’s degree from George Washington University in 1949. During World War II, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy with PT boat squadron 23 in the Pacific. With a 40-year career in public relations, his most recent positions were as President of the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce in 1980, and as Executive Director of Communications and Development at Dickinson College from 1973 until his retirement in 1984.

A talented and creative artist, Leonard leaves behind many treasured examples of his paintings, carvings, and photographs. His boundless joy for life included the love of literature, music, nature and above all, the deep and abiding love for his wife and family.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the loving care and many kindnesses the entire staff at Thornwald provided for Leonard over the last four years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Thornwald Home, 442 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle, PA, 17013.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Lisa, my thoughts are with your father and all your extended family.

Greg Davis
You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard of your dad's illness and passing.  It certainly sounds like he was an amazing man, but of course, I know you loved him for who he was as your dad.  God bless you and your family.  We miss you.  Have a safe trip home.  Love, Janet

Janet Hupp
Lisa and family,

Just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a wonderful man.

Kathy Marshall

All my love and prayers go to all of you. Len was very special to me and I will miss him very much. He was a real gem. Hold all those wonderful memories close to your heart!

Cheryl (richie) Adams

Dear Hugh and other relatives,
Even when you know they've had a good life, it is so hard to say goodbye.  You are in my thoughts.

Roberta Wallace

I'm sorry about your father's death, but he is in good hands now, and I hope your mom is doing fine, since she won't see him at her side.
My sincere sympathy for you and your family.
Olga Hoskins and family


 Hugh, Marcia, Dorothy, Kirk and Family
We are thinking of the whole family and know the grief, but sweet memories that touch your hearts as you have no choice but to say goodbye to your father's physical being.  We were fortunate to enjoy dinners and drinks with Len and Dorothy as they visited Hugh and Marcia.  Those will remain sweet memories for us!

George, Lori and Hadley Cook


 Our prayers are with you, Dottie and all of the family. Len was such a wonderful man. I will miss him very much.

Rev. Wanda Veldman


Lisa, My thoughts are with you and your family. I read he was an amazing person. You will treasure all the memories for ever.


Lisa, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. Take care and we hope to see you soon.
Susannah, Mayra Y Gloria

Susannah Vaca

Dotty, Jeff, Chris, Hugh, Lisa, and Kirk:

Len was a special man, a splendid mentor and friend, and a terrific boss.  I know, too, that he was a wonderful husband and dad.  You and so many others will miss him, but our good memories will stay with us forever.  Our thoughts are with each of you.

Brooks and Josette Jones

So sorry for your loss. Lenny and I talked a lot since we were both  Strawberry Ct. presidents and I visited with he and Dottie a number of times at Thornwald. My sympathies to Dottie and the family .

June  Reed   # 58


Kirk and Family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy on the death of your father. We will always be grateful for his accomplishments at Dickinson, especially the establishment of the Weiss Center for the Arts.

Len was a terrific guy, and it was always a treat to encounter him on the campus or in the town and have a good chat. It was clear that he took great delight in his family. Surely you all will miss him very much indeed, but will also treasure the many wonderful memories you have of him.

Dieter and Jackie Rollfinke

Hello Dorothy, Lisa,Kirk,Jeff,Hugh,Chris & families.

 I wish to express my condolences in the passing of our great friend Lenny.I feel very blessed in knowing him and sharing the past 4 years with him. Even though Lenny & Dorothy had to transfer to nursing, I still stayed in touch with them.Lenny was always there ready to give me his BIG hugs of friendship as is Dorothy.He may be gone physically, but mentally he will always be here with us, and sharing something beautiful every day.  I loved when Kirt would take him outside to admire the trees and flowers & there Lenny was camera in hand. He appreciated & loved the simple things that life had to offer.
Lenny will be missed by everyone, but his love and friendship will be carried on by Dorothy in her own special way. Her smile and hugs say it all for both of them.

Love, Carol Sprecher from Personal care side


Dorothy and family: This is your old cousin Earle expressing my sympathy to all of you at the loss of Lennie. As a family you will be able to support your mother and each one of you. A comfort at times like this.
It was always a special occasion when you and Lennie visited, and I have good memories of that.  He was a gentleman and scholar.  Sincerely.

How many wonderful memories I have of Len, from our years as neighbors in Pittsburgh, and from my too-infrequent visits to Carlisle.  How warmly he and Dotty always welcomed me into their home and how stimulating the conversation was after dinner and around the breakfast table.  Lisa and Kirk - you are in my thoughts - and please give your Mom an extra squeeze for me.  It's hard to imagine the world without Len to brighten it for all of us.

Connie Rockman


The Fathers of childhood friends have been passing for some time now.  For us they have much in common. The 2nd world war informed them in ways we are still coming to understand. Leonard always stuck out to me, He had a way of making you feel respected, even if you were just a kid.  A simple deference like that does not go unnoticed. My deepest Sympathy to Dorothy and her family.

Mark Sardon

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