is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our
Classmate, Connie Leinbach, on 12 November in Nashville, TN after a courageous
battle with a brain tumor. Connie, a native of Pennsylvania, spent Plebe Year in
Company I-2 and was among a group of Yearlings who were transferred to B-2 at
the end of summer training at Camp Buckner.
Connie is survived by
his wife, Sharon; sons Marc, Chris, and Dane; and daughters Grace and Kira.
service will be at 1:00 PM at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA on Friday,
March 2, 2012 followed by inurnment with full military honors at Arlington
National Cemetery. Please allow extra time to obtain entrance to Fort Myer. A
picture identification document (driver's license or passport) for civilians is
required. For active duty and retired military personnel, a valid ID card may
be used. Inform the gate guard you are attending Connie Leinbach's funeral.
Condolences may be
sent to Sharon at 1613 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206.
Well done, Connie. Be thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\I-2 Connie Leinbach.pdf
To family and friends of Connie Leinbach: sending thoughts
& prayers to each of you on loss of an important person in your life.As Connie
was one of five cadets from Berks Co, PA to join the class of '61, I have known
him since fall of '57. He was also assigned to Ft Hood,TX,as was my husband,
Terry and I. Our first sons were born in WWll wooden barracks. We kept in
contact thru the years & finally were able to meet again in Nashville, TN
several yrs. ago. I was already a widow. Sharon, thank you for your friendship
and I am grieving for you.
Conwell LEINBACH M.D.
COL U.S. Army (Retired) Conwell
Died of a brain
tumor on November 12, 2011. He is survived by his family: Sharon his wife of 38
years; his sons, Marc Leinbach of Chicago Il, CPT Christopher Leinbach of Ft.
Campbell, KY, and Dane Leinbach of Jonesboro AR; his daughters, Kira Bauer of
Sarasota FL, and Dr. Grace Coggio of River falls, WI; seven grandchildren,
Tessa, Dana, and Ellen Coggio, Nathan and Brian Bauer, Kylie and Joaquin
Leinbach and two nieces, Kristen Kennedy and Lorry Izor of Los Angeles CA. After
graduating from West Point in 1961, COL Leinbach served the U.S. Army in a
variety of staff and command assignments during both peace and war. He initially
served as a Military Intelligence Officer then, after a break in service to
attend Temple Medical School, as an Army physician. His military honors include
2 Legions of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars, 4 Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal,
the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Order of Military Medical Merit. COL Leinbach
will be inurned with full military honors in the Arlington National Cemetery at
12:30 p.m. on March 2, 2012.
Published in The Tennessean on November 20, 2011
Taps Memorial Article:
Conwell B. Leinbach 1961
Cullum No. 23759 • Nov 12, 2011 • Died in Nashville, TN
Cremated. Inurned in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Barry “Connie” Leinbach
was born on Jan
17, 1940 in Reading PA, the son of Thomas K. (TK) Leinbach and Grace Barry
Leinbach. Within days of his birth, Grace died from complications of a caesarian
section. Despite starting life as a motherless child during World War II, Connie
was a self-starter and became one of the highest achievers in Governor Mifflin
High School. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Connie sang bass in
the boys’ chorus and Glee Club; played on the basketball and football teams; had
major roles in school plays and held membership in the National Thespian
Society; achieved Eagle Scout; and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
Connie later confessed that he had felt the need to be highly motivated because
he was like Julius Caesar —“not of woman born.”
a congressional appointment to the Academy from Representative George Rhodes—an
appointment that was particularly interesting because Connie’s father TK had
run against Rhodes for the congressional seat. Connie reminisced that TK was
certainly proud of him but would have preferred that his appointment come from
someone else. At West Point, Connie enjoyed his participation in Debate, Cross
Country, Radio Club, Dialectic Society, Pointer, and the Skiing, Bridge, Radio,
and German Clubs. His passion, however, was throwing the javelin on the Army
track team, the remembrance of which was warmly shared with him by classmates.
Connie’s other fond memories of the Academy were his summer training assignment
with the 4th Armored Division through Europe with classmates Jerry Clemments and
George Joulwan, and a 1958 summer trip to Cuba just before Castro came to power.
and a well-deserved honeymoon with his bride, Anne Miller, Connie attended
Signal Officer Basic and Airborne schools, followed by assignments at Ft. Hood
and a hardship tour as a company commander in Korea. After a branch transfer to
Military Intelligence and the requisite technical and language training, Connie
served as an instructor with the School of the Americas in Panama; the G-2 and
MI Battalion, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam; Office of the Assistant Chief of
Staff for Intelligence at the Pentagon; and on a sensitive assignment with the
U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. In 1971, as his Bolivian obligation was coming
to an end, Connie changed course. As he used to say, “I entered into early
menopause and decided to go to medical school.” As he wrote to medical schools,
“my decision to embark on a new career at the age of 31 involved a great deal of
soul searching.” In 1971, he was released from active duty and spent an arduous
two years attaining the academic prerequisites for medical school while working
as a shoe salesman by day, a private detective by night, and an instructor at
the Army Reserve’s Military Intelligence Officer Advance Course in Ft. Huachuca,
AZ, during the summers. In 1973, Connie entered Temple University Medical School
in Philadelphia, PA. By 1980 he had graduated and completed a three-year family
practice residency. He was ready to begin a career in medicine. The Army,
however, was still in his blood.
Connie and his
second wife, Sharon, both entered active duty with the Army Medical Department.
Connie’s contribution to Army medicine as a Medical Corps officer included
assignments as a practicing physician at the 45th Field Hospital, Camp Darby,
Italy; commander and practicing physician, 913th Medical Detachment
Kaiserslautern, Germany; Division Surgeon, 5th Infantry Division (Mech) Ft.
Polk, LA; commander and practicing physician, 209th Medical Detachment Hanau,
Germany; Chief of Community Medicine, Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center,
Frankfurt, Germany; commander and practicing physician, 215th Medical Detachment
Yong San, Korea; and Chief of Primary Care and Community Medicine, 121st
Evacuation Hospital, Yong San, Korea. Connie finalized his career with the Army
as deputy commander for Clinical Services U.S. Army Medical Department Activity,
Ft. Lee, VA.
On Oct 3, 2011,
Connie and Sharon returned early to their home in Nashville from Appomattox
Court House National Park, where they had been serving as interpretive
volunteers. Connie had experienced some recent falls and a sudden loss of
peripheral vision and needed medical evaluation. An MRI revealed a mass
subsequently identified as a type four Glio Blastoma brain tumor. His children
gathered from throughout the U.S. to support him in his valiant but brief fight.
Connie died at home on Nov 12, 2011, surrounded by the family that loved him
dearly. Connie is survived by his wife Sharon; his sons Marc Leinbach of
Chicago, IL, CPT Christopher Leinbach of Ft. Campbell, KY, and Dane Leinbach of
Jonesboro, AR; his daughters Kira Bauer of Sarasota, FL, and Dr. Grace Coggio of
River Falls, WI; and seven grandchildren; Tessa, Dana, and Ellen Coggio, Nathan
and Brian Bauer, Kylie and Joaquin Leinbach and two nieces, Kristen Kennedy and
Lorry Izor of Los Angeles CA.
military honors included two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, four
Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the
Order of Military Medical Merit. He was inurned with full military honors at
Arlington National Cemetery at 12:30 PM on March 2, 2012.