Barbara Leonard; was secretary of state for Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE — Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Barbara Leonard, who served as Rhode Island’s secretary of state in the mid-1990s.

She died Thursday morning.

Mrs. Leonard was in her late 80s.

She was a Republican who served one term as secretary of state from 1993 to 1995.

She also served on state boards and commissions, including the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp., the state’s Port Authority, and the state Advisory Committee on Refugee Resettlement.

President Ronald Reagan also appointed Mrs. Leonard as New England administrator for the General Services Administration in the 1980s.


The Providence Journal reported that Mrs. Leonard took over H&H Screw Products Manufacturing Co. in Lincoln, R.I., after the death of her husband and ran the company from 1977 to 1985.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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