Leith of Life

Woodstock Day School faculty member Leith Rogovin was diagnosed with glioblastoma in the early fall of 2013.  After a long battle he passed away on January 9, 2016.  Leith first came to WDS in the early 90’s and over the years, served in many different roles.  Most of all, he was instrumental in helping to build the socially mindful program that we have today.  His special gift was to make every person that he encountered feel understood and valued, and we all feel that we are better people for having known him.  Always a fan of the underdog, Leith took kids under his wing and taught them how to be strong, brave, confident, and loving people.  He always believed in treating even the youngest students with the respect often reserved for adults.  When speaking with Leith, it was obvious that he knew you mattered.  His wisdom and strength, humor and love simply oozed from every pore of his body.  Leith changed the world and his love and strength have influenced lives, young and old.  Leith was masterful at uplifting and unifying people, a complex skill and desperately needed social medicine that he fine-tuned to a science.  His brilliant wit, charm and abundant compassion made for a rarified presence: a true one-of-a-kind – the genuine article.  He inspired us to live with abandon, to live fully, to enjoy what we are doing, and to help every person that crosses our path.