Walter J. Leonard, a Harvard University administrator who was instrumental in devising one of the country’s earliest and most effective affirmative action programs, which became a model for other universities around the country, and who later served as a college president in Tennessee, died Dec. 8 at a retirement facility in Kensington, Md. He was 86.
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