Leroy Sachs

October 30, 1917October 3, 2019

Beloved husband of the late Sylvia Sachs; dear father and father-in-law of Richard Sachs (Sheila), Don Sachs (Suzanne Simard) and the late Susan Ellen Sachs; dear grandfather of Jason Sachs (Elizabeth), Sara Gewurz (Ben), Hannah Sachs and Nava Sachs; dear great-grandfather of Abbey Sachs and Maya, Eli and Talia Gewurz; dear brother of the late Marcus Sachs (late Sara).

A longtime resident of the Brentmoor Retirement Community, Leroy Sachs was quiet, intelligent, interesting, and active. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England during World War II as a meteorologist. Leroy was a beloved math teacher who also led professional math teacher organizations at the local, state and national levels, and co-authored two math textbooks. He also believed in lifelong learning and received his PhD at age 76. Leroy attended Road Scholar Elderhostel educational programs annually. He also volunteered with three organizations to help seniors with tax returns and health insurance claims, and also hosted traveling soldiers for the USO. Leroy will be missed by the many whose lives he touched throughout the years.

Graveside service Monday, October 7, 1:30 p.m. at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, 9125 Ladue Road. Memorial contributions preferred to the Mathematics Education Trust of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, PO Box 75842, Baltimore MD 21275-5842.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, October 7, 2019

  • The Family will Receive Friends Following the Graveside Service

    Monday, October 7, 2019


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Christopher Kuni

October 18, 2019

Knowing Leroy was such a privilege. He was a role model for me. On one occasion he clarified a confusing calculus concept for me in one or two sentences; what a mind and what a teacher!

Nick & Barbara Santoro

October 14, 2019

Nick and I send our condolences to the entire Sachs family. Rich is an active member of the Monmouth Symphony as a musician and Board member. We have come to know Rich as a devoted family man who spoke often about his father. May your fond memories help you in this time of sorrow.
Nick and Barbara Santoro

Richard Sachs

October 10, 2019

Our Dad loved comedy, especially those comedy shows from the 50s and early 60s. We would listen to the album “You don’t have to be Jewish” (1965) over and over. It got to be so often that we only had to mention each sketch’s punch line to start laughing 😂. Like one of us would say “I’m hiding... in the front closet!” for the “home from the office” sketch. Or “Does that mean you’re not coming?” for “a call from Long Island.” Did I spoil the jokes? Doesn’t matter. It’s still funny. Just go to YouTube and search for “YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH” to hear the entire album. And laugh with Leroy!

-Rich (his first born)

Don Collins

October 8, 2019

I first met Leroy at a NCTM meeting in St Louis about 1969-1970 when I attended one of his session. I was impresse4d with his knowledge and humility. Leroy was an author when I came to Merrill in 1976. He did two revisions under me .
When I got my doctorate at age 57 , Leroy decided that that was not too old and went back and got his. Hisw advisor want to know why he wanted the degree Leroy said because I can do it.His advisor said "but you are to old to use it" Leroy asked this 35 year old advisor "how long are you going to live?" that end the conversation.
Leroy was a real gentleman!

Eileen Suffian

October 7, 2019

Dear Rich, Sheila, Don, Sara and Ben, Jason and Liz, Hannah, Nava, May, Eli and Talia:

Leroy was such a great man. As Sheila said at his 100th birthday, he taught Richard how to be a great father, and that he was. I remember how he always spent quality time with his kids, either fishing (with Don or Rich for that matter) or traveling with his family. Sylvia always spoke of when Leroy taught over the summers and the family trips they would take.

Leroy was quite well known nationally as one of our nations top math teachers. I remember when Jason was a mathlete. At a math teachers' convention Leroy attended, one of the other participants came up to Leroy and said "Leroy Sachs, are you by chance related to Jason Sachs?" Leroy was delighted in telling that story, especially since his favorite grandson had displaced him in the awesome department.

He helped raise three great kids and it has been an honor to have each of them in my family.