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Solomon Leader, died on 08/13/2011. Professor Leader was a member of the Mathematics Department and an alumnus of the Rutgers College Class of 1949.

Solomon “Sol” Leader, 85, of South Brunswick, died August 13.

After graduating from Asbury Park High School, he was drafted into the Army and spent six months in Germany at the end of World War II (and during the subsequent occupation), crossing the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.

On his return to the U.S., he completed his BS at Rutgers University and earned a PhD in mathematics from Princeton University. He then joined the Rutgers math department and remained there his entire 40-year career. After retiring, he continued to ponder mathematics, publishing his book, The Kurzweil-Henstock Integral and Its Differentials in 2001.

He was active in the Princeton International Folk Dance Group during the 1950s and 60s, and it was there that he met his wife of 50 years, Elvera. It was also through the folk dance group that he was recruited by Audree Estey to perform as the Prince in Princeton Ballet’s 1958 production of The Sleeping Beauty. He went on to perform in other Princeton Ballet productions in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and returned to perform as the father of the “big family” in the Nutcracker from 1973 through 1983. In recent years he said it was not uncommon for one of his now grown-up Nutcracker children to stop him on the street in Princeton, saying “Hi Daddy”.

Sol loved the ocean and taught his children to body surf and his wife to ride waves on an inflatable raft and later a boogey board. From late April into October, he and his wife rarely missed a day boogey boarding at the beach near their summer home on Long Beach Island, donning wet suits if the water temperature fell too far below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

After retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively, going on bicycling and hiking trips in Europe, an excursion to Antarctica, whale watching trips in Baja California, and trips to Costa Rica, Belize, Australia, New Zealand, Patagonia, Alaska, and the Galapagos, among others.

Born in Spring Lake, N.J., he was raised in Bradley Beach. There, he assisted in his father’s shop with watch repairs, learned to body surf, and met his good friend Jules Hirsch.

He is survived by his wife, Elvera; his son, Jeremy Leader; his daughters, Shana Hanson and Rachel Samoil; three grandchildren; and his half-brother, Edward Leader.

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