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Leo M. Florkowski Jr.           Inducted 2024 - Class of 1963


Known as “Butch” to family and friends, and “Mr. Flo” at school, Leo was one of a handful of graduates who returned to Woodward to teach for 37 years as a Polar Bear! That was very fortunate for his students! In his social studies classes, he created techniques to reach different styles of learners, ran alongside his cross-country team, drove team members to meets, stored food in his classroom for the hungry and, above all, was so pleased to serve kids from his own community. His students loved him.


He put himself through undergraduate school at UT by working several jobs, then earned his Master’s in Social Studies from Eastern Michigan. A Renaissance Man, he enjoyed fishing, hunting game and mushrooms, bowling, playing cards, and tending to his garden and fruit trees at home, then bestowing his harvest upon family and friends. Sadly, Leo passed away in 2023. He was married to Colleen, also a teacher, a devoted father to their children Deirdre (Josh) Jones, Leo III, and Madonna; and a doting grandfather.

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