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Leonard Coris

Leonard Coris

Leonard M. Coris, 78, died Jan. 31, 2019, of complications related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Mr. Coris was born March 29, 1940, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Betty and Al Coris. He attended the Brookline public schools and MIT, where he earned master’s degrees in both food science and finance. He married Doris (Hershfield) Coris in 1963. He established a financial planning firm in the Boston area in 1970 and continued working with clients after moving to Tucson in 1997. His love of art led him to establish the Tucson Healing Art Program, which improves the hospital environment for patients, visitors, and staff through art and music. The program has now placed more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures on the Tucson Medical Center campus. He was an active volunteer in the Tucson community for over 20 years, supporting students through Youth on Their Own; mentoring graduate students at the University of Arizona; serving as a board member of the UA School of Fine Arts and the Arizona Theatre Company; and tutoring third and fourth graders through the Reading Seed program.
Mr. Coris was predeceased by his sisters, Bobbie Seifer and Margo Steinfeld.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Doris; daughters, Lisa Coris of San Francisco and Julie (Chris) Wilkens of Pittsford, New York, and three grandchildren.

Graveside services were held in the Temple Emanu-El section of Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to TMC Hospice at or 5301 E. Grant Road, Tucson, Arizona 85712, or a charity of your choice.