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Dr. Leo Finley Jr., past ADA trustee, dies at 73

Dr. Leo Finley Jr., past ADA trustee, dies at 73
Dr. Finley

Dr. Leo R. Finley Jr., a past ADA trustee who represented the 8th District (Illinois) from 1988-2002, died Aug. 26 at his home in Orland Park, Ill. He was 73 years old.

A 1963 graduate of the Chicago College of Dental Surgery/Loyola University, Dr. Finley was active in organized dentistry at the local, state and national levels for more than 40 years.

As a member of the Chicago Dental Society, he held all offices at his South Suburban Branch. He was a member of the CDS Board of Directors and was elected CDS president in 1989-90.

At the state level, Dr. Finley served as vice speaker of the Illinois State Dental Society’s House of Delegates and chaired the Dent-IL-PAC’s Governor’s Club.

At the national level, he represented Illinois dentists in the ADA House of Delegates from 1986-88 and 1996-97 before being elected 8th District Trustee in 1998.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served with the Dental Corps as a captain from 1963-65 before returning home to start his dental practice and teach at the Loyola University Dental School through 1969.

Funeral services for Dr. Finley were held Aug. 30, followed by interment at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Orland Park, southwest of Chicago.

He is survived by Alicia, his wife of 50 years; sons Leo III, Timothy, Allen and Paul; daughter Suzanne Duntz; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations were being accepted in Dr. Finley’s name at the American Cancer Society.