A Turtle’s Tribute:
Tom McKee (Leland Thomas) was born Aug 29, 1943. He graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1961 and Texas Tech University in 1966, with a degree is Science Education.
He was a commissioned officer in the USAF, with the rank of Captain.
Tom passed away on August 3, 2005. His funeral- memorial was held on Saturday August 6, 2005 at Grace United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Ilene McKee.
At the time of his death, he was survived by his lifelong companion Val W. Schreiber a former associate member of the Chorale. Also surviving are aunt, Mildred B. Atkinson, uncle, Jess T. McKee and wife Sheri; brother Ronney McKee and wife Connie; nephew Ryan, niece Katie and many cousins and his adopted family, the Schreibers.
Leland Thomas McKee: Started tutoring program for at-risk students
09:57 PM CDT on Saturday, August 6, 2005
By DAVID RENFROW / The Dallas Morning News
Leland Thomas McKee was dedicated to investing in futures – those of the community's children.
Mr. McKee, 61, co-founded a tutoring program for students at high risk for failure. He died at his Dallas home Wednesday of cancer. Services were Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church
Mr. McKee is survived by his partner, Val W. Schreiber of Dallas; and brother, Ronney McKee of Allen.
Mr. McKee was born Aug. 29, 1943, in Dallas to Leland and Ilene McKee. He graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1961 and from Texas Tech University in 1966.
In the Air Force, Mr. McKee achieved the rank of captain before leaving for a career in consumer product sales. He was employed by Royal Business Machines and Canon.
But it was in another career that Mr. McKee found fulfillment. He and Mr. Schreiber formed the Academic Enrichment tutoring program. They worked hundreds of hours with students at Rogers and Pershing elementaries in Dallas. Mr. Schreiber said their students achieved a passing rate of more than 90 percent.
Mr. Schreiber said that Mr. McKee was a dedicated educator until his illness no longer allowed him to continue.
"His thought was this: 'If we can make a difference in a child's life, it means the world to us,' " Mr. Schreiber said.
Mr. Schreiber said a gratifying moment came when a former pupil recognized them at an event and told them he was entering the pre-medical program at Tulane University.
Mr. McKee was a longtime member of the Turtle Creek Chorale and the Grace United MethodistChurch choir. Friend and fellow church and choir member Tim Meeks said that Mr. McKee loved music and had a
singular voice."He knew how to hit the pitch, and he could sight-read anything put in front of him," Mr. Meeks said."He was the best bass we had."