In Memoriam

Leo Osgood Jr. (1946-2009)

Leo Osgood Jr., former dean, professor, and coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died recently at a Boston hospital after a long illness. He was 63 years old.

Osgood was a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He was a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, where he was a star basketball player. After a brief career as a professional basketball player, Osgood worked as director of social services for the Suffolk County Jail in Boston and as a probation officer for the city’s court system. During this period he earned a master’s degree at Northeastern University.

In 1977 he was hired as the assistant basketball coach at MIT. He served as head coach from 1986 to 1995. In 1986 he was also hired to the faculty as an assistant professor of athletics. Osgood also served as assistant dean of counseling services and as director of the MIT Office of Minority Education.