The 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, Richard F. Leahy, was a key member of the great Boston State College Men’s Ice Hockey team of 1967-68 that achieved a 16-9-1 record for Head Coach Ed Berry. Dick was named to the All-East and All-New England teams in 1968, while helping the Warriors to a fourth place finish at the inaugural NAIA National Championship Hockey tournament. Leahy averaged 1.5 points per game with 103 points in 68 games, for the fifth highest scoring average in school history.
Playing on the first line as a forward his entire career, he also saw action regularly for the first-line power play and penalty killing units. In 1969 he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, while earning the first of two school Sportsmanship Awards. Leahy helped the Warriors to three straight Codfish Bowl titles and was selected to the Codfish Bowl All-Tournament team in 1969. In 1970 he achieved captain status for both the hockey and golf squads. Dick Leahy was chosen as a 2004 inductee into the UMass Boston Athletic Hall of Fame.
After receiving his Economics degree from Boston State in 1970, Dick attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and then went on to a distinguished and successful career in investment. He is a Principal and co-founder of Episteme Capital Partners LLC, an investment management firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, that specializes in development and application of sophisticated financial technology. Earlier, Richard was a cofounder and Principal of JWM Partners LLC, and Long Term Capital Management. He was with Salomon Brothers from 1976 through 1993 as a Managing Director, and was associated with Merrill Lynch & Co. from 1972 through 1975. He is on the Board of Directors for Renesys
Corporation and is a former Director of Liberty Brokerage, Inc., as well as a past President of the New England Government Bond Club. Dick Leahy has been a dedicated philanthropist, helping a wide range of charities and nonprofit organizations through his gifts and as a volunteer. He has been a consistent contributor to the UMass Boston Department of Athletics and to this Hall of Fame annual celebration. In 1996, the Richard F. Leahy ’70 Endowed Science Faculty Development Fund was established in honor of D. Crandon and Alice Leahy. Dick Leahy was one of the challenge grant donors who founded the J. Keith Motley Scholarship
Program which provides current-use scholarship support to students who are alumni of the university’s pre-collegiate programs. Dick Leahy and his wife, Lynne Barnes Leahy, currently reside in Larchmont, New York, and have four children: Brooke (Duke’00), Taylor (Boston College ’05), Richard (Bowdoin College’08) and Jillian (Boston College ’12).