Leavine, Dr. Stanley Francis fonds

Leavine, Dr. Stanley Francis, 1896-1958.
Dr. Stanley Francis Leavine fonds. - 1896-1958.

ca. 20 cm of textual records and graphic material.

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Dr. S.F. Leavine, a prominent public servant and leading member of Kitchener's medical profession, was born in 1896 in Elgin in Leeds County, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Leavine. He received a public school education in the village of Elgin and attended Athens High School in Ontario. Dr. S.F. Leavine studied medicine at Queen's University in Kingston. He put himself through medical school by working in a cheese factory during the summer vacations and graduated as Doctor of Medicine in 1920. After graduating, Dr. S.F. Leavine was an intern at Kingston General Hospital in 1920-1921 and then he did a year's postgraduate studies at Belleview and Allied Hospitals in New York.

In 1921 Dr. S.F. Leavine married the former Desta G. Buse in Kingston. In 1923 he moved to Kitchener and opened up a medical practice. He also served on the Kitchener Board of Health, the K-W Hospital Commission and was President of the North Waterloo Academy of Medicine. Additionally, he was a member of the Ontario Medical Association and the Waterloo County Medical Association. Dr. S.F. Leavine also wrote several medical papers which were published in the British Medical Journal. During World War II Dr. S.F. Leavine served as a captain with the 24th Field Ambulance Reserve.

Dr. S.F. Leavine entered city council as an alderman in 1938 and he returned every year but one up until 1949. He was then elected Mayor of Kitchener in Dec. 1949 and served his first two terms as Mayor in 1950 and 1951. In Nov. 1951 he was elected Progressive Conservative member for Waterloo North. He served as M.P.P until 1956 when he was defeated by John J. Wintermeyer of the Liberal party. In 1956 Dr. S.F. Leavine returned to city council and served as an alderman. He was elected as Mayor of Kitchener once again in the municipal election of Dec. 1957. Dr. S.F. Leavine was a member of the Waterloo College Board and of Queen's University Alumni. He was also was also a member of the original organizing group of the Ontario Pioneer Community Foundation. Additionally, he was a member of several lodges including Twin City Lodge, AF and AM; Lodge of Perfection; Rose Croix; Moore Consistory, Hamilton; Grand Union Lodge, IOOF; and Mocha Temple. Dr. S. F. Leavine died July 27, 1958 at the age of 61 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital where he had been admitted several days previously following a heart seizure. He was survived by his wife, and two daughters, Dr. Desta Leavine, and Pauline Leavine. (Source : GA116, Series 6, File 2 : Biographical Information; "Died in 1958". Waterloo Historical Society 45 (1958): 64; Janzen Elizabeth. "The Ontario Pioneer Community Foundation". Waterloo Historical Society 42 (1954): 44-46).


Collection consists primarily of textual materials including speeches and speech notes of Mayor Leavine and Dr. S.F. Leavine, M.P.P (PC), clippings, correspondence, a medical research paper, a degree certificate and schedule of studies from the Medical Faculty at Queen's University in Kingston, as well as ephemeral materials. A small number of photographs and two scrapbooks are also contained in this collection.

Arranged in 6 series as follows :

  1. Political Career
  2. Medical Career
  3. Personal
  4. Photographs
  5. Ephemera
  6. Scrapbooks


  • Title based on content of the fonds.
  • Includes ca. 18 cm. of textual materials and ca. 19 photographs.
  • Donated in 1998 by Dr. Desta Leavine.

Call number: GA 116