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Leigh N. Bortner, leasing executive, sailor and community volunteer, dies

Leigh N. Bortner, leasing executive, sailor and community volunteer, dies

Leigh N. Bortner, a retired fleet leasing executive and avid sailor, died Oct. 11 from complications of dementia at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 86.

Leigh Norris Bortner was born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland. He was the son of Stan Bortner, an office building manager, and Ruth Bortner, a secretary.

After graduating in 1950 from The McDonogh School, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1954 from the University of Virginia, where he played varsity lacrosse for four years.

In 1954 he joined Peterson, Howell & Heather — also known as PHH — a fleet management and leasing firm. For the next 45 years he worked...

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