Magazine article HRMagazine

In Memoriam

Magazine article HRMagazine

In Memoriam

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Bill Leonard, SHRM Writer and Editor, 1957-2015

SHRM mourns the loss of Bill Leonard, a reporter and editor at SHRM for 26 years, who died of a heart attack in May. He was 58.

Leonard wrote countless articles for HR Magazine, other publications and SHRM's website.

"Bill lived SHRM's values-that our members matter, that what we do matters, and that how we do things matters," said Henry G. "Hank" Jackson, SHRM president and CEO. "No matter the topic, if you saw Bill's byline, you could expect the facts, expert analysis and a compelling story to go along with it. Bill helped us make sense of the world, as the best writers do. He will be missed not only by SHRM, but by the entire HR profession."

Leonard is survived by his wife, Sharon, whom he met when both worked at SHRM's national headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and their two daughters, Katie and Elizabeth.

The family moved in 2005 to Asheville, N.C., making Leonard a long-distance telecommuter. …

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