Frederick Leckie

Frederick Leckie

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Frederick Alexander Leckie, 84, a resident of Pelham Manor and New Rochelle, N.Y., since 2005 passed away peacefully at Calvary Hospital, N.Y. on Friday (June 14, 2013). He was 84.

Dr. Leckie was born March 26, 1929, in Dundee, Scotland, the second child of Frederick Leckie and Mary Barclay Leckie. He gained a B.Sc. degree with First Class Honours in engineering and was the engineering medalist at the University of St. Andrews in 1949. He then left Scotland to take up a position with Mott, Hay & Anderson in London followed by military service from 1951 to 1954 in the Royal Air Force where he was OCTU Sword of Honour winner.

He next moved to the U.S. and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1955 and 1958, where he met and married Elizabeth Wheelwright of Greenwich, Conn., his wife for 43 years.

Upon graduation he spent a year at the Technische Hochschule, Hanover, Germany, and then 10 years as a lecturer in mechanical sciences at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies and Fellow of Pembroke College. From 1968 to 1978, he was the professor of engineering at the University of Leicester, England.

For the next decade Fred was a professor of mechanical engineering and head of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and then from 1988 to 2005 as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Public service included stints with the U.S. and UK Departments of Energy, the UK Nuclear Inspectorate, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Euratom, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Pressure Research Council and numerous committees of the National Science Foundation.

Awards included an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Leicester, the Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Halliburton Award from the University of Illinois.

Fred's publishing career spanned 50 years, over 150 journal articles and several books, the most recent published in 2009.

Fred is survived by his son, Gavin and wife, Elizabeth, of Pelham Manor, N.Y., and his son, Gregor and wife, Sylvia, of Deerfield; his six grandchildren, Hamish, Catriona, Mia, Isabel, Angus and Elspeth; as well as sister-in-law, Margaret Canada of Stamford, Conn.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends all over the world.

His parents, wife and son, Sean, predeceased him.

Funeral services will be held at Christ Church, 1415 Pelhamdale Ave., Pelham Manor, N.Y., at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, with lunch afterwards at 990 Edgewood Ave., Pelham Manor.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family would like to suggest a contribution to the University of St. Andrews American Foundation Inc. with a note for it to be applied to bursaries for Scottish students in memory of Professor F.A. Leckie.

Arrangements are being handled by Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Ave., Pelham, NY 10803 ( (telephone: 914-738-1060).