James Earl McLeod, vice chancellor of students and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, died earlier this month at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was 67 years old and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009.
Dean McLeod first came to Washington University in 1974 as an assistant professor of German. He later was director of the African and African-American studies program at the university. He was named dean in 1992 and vice chancellor in 1995.
A native of Dothan, Alabama, Dean McLeod was a graduate of Morehouse College and did graduate work at Rice University and the University of Vienna. Before joining the Washington University faculty, he taught at Indiana University in Bloomington.