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15387 Leininger, Daniel Marshall
July 30, 1923 - August 09, 1985



Published Assembly Dec '87

Daniel Marshall Leininger No.15387 Class of 1946 Died 9 August 1985 in Jacksonville, Florida. Interment: Jacksonville Memory Gardens, Orange Park, Florida

Daniel (Dan) Leininger was born in July 1923 in Marfa, Texas, the son of Colonel Daniel B. Leininger, a career officer in the Army's Veterinary Corps. Raised in the peacetime environment of the pre-World War II Army, Dan early on set entrance to West Point as a firm goal, a goal which he reached after a year at Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy.
On the Class graduation in 1946, Dan chose the Corps of Engineers as his branch and found, as his career progressed, that his civil engineering assignments were those for which he felt he was best qualified and from which he achieved his greatest satisfactions. He attended both the Basic and Advanced Engineer Officer Courses at Fort Belvoir, obtained a master's degree in civil engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and later qualified for Professional Engineer registrations from both the State of Florida and the Panama Canal Zone.

Dan's 21-year active duty career in the Army was a very successful one. He served in the Far East, both in Japan and Korea; he was selected for and attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth; he spent many years on duty in the Panama Canal Zone, first as aide to the governor and later as a responsible operating supervisor involved in the large scale dredging and other activities necessary to keep the canal open for traffic.

Dan retired from the Army in 1967 and worked for a Jacksonville engineering firm for four years before joining the Port Authority as an engineer and planner in 1972. Six years later he became director of the Authority's engineering department. As director, Dan was, in effect, the chief engineer of the Port Authority, which is charged with all aspects of construction, operation, and maintenance of both the seaport and airport complexes that make Jacksonville the important commercial city that it has become. During his eight-year tenure, he spearheaded a major effort to both expand and modernize virtually all of the facilities under the Authority's jurisdiction--and to plan ahead as well, as the prime mover behind getting the city to accomplish a practical 25 year master plan for the port, including both the shoreside facilities and the environmentally sensitive issues of dredging and dredge spoil disposal.

Those who worked with him could tell you that he was a true engineer at heart and nothing gave him more pleasure than to see worthwhile projects properly designed, properly built, and completed on time for what he said they would cost.
Many people believe that the true measure of a man lies in the kind of family that he puts together around him. In this regard, Dan was really outstanding, for it is clear that he and his wife Ginny have shown how rewarding the traditional family concepts of devotion to each other and adherence to Christian principles can be. Their four children, all solid citizens in their own rights, are further testimonial to Dan's concern for family and to his maturity and wisdom and guidance.

Those who knew him will miss him. They will miss his friendliness, his approachability, his genuineness, his sometimes eccentric sense of humor, and his continuous concern for the well being and happiness of those with whom he associated.
Dan is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons. Daniel A., a career naval officer and Mark T., a senior at Auburn University; two daughters, Janet, a research scientist at Georgia Technical Institute, and Lisa a bank controller in Jacksonville, Florida; and two grandchildren.

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