Leslie Bott '63

Leslie Bott was a faculty member at Appleby from 1945-1972. He was educated at the Royal Worcester School for Boys and the University of Birmingham in England, and joined Appleby to teach vocal music and English to the junior grades. During his time at Appleby, Leslie played an important role in enhancing student interest in the school's choir, as well as securing a variety of awards. The choir won first place at the Kiwanis Music Festival in both classes open to private schools for boys and received the silver cup at the Peel Music Festival (1952). In addition, the Commonwealth Youth Movement in London, England invited the choir to tour Britain and perform as part of the coronation celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II (1952-1953). Leslie joined the Argus editorial staff in 1957 and was in charge of the Junior School section, he was appointed first librarian (1963), and then in the fall of 1966 he became editor-in-chief of the Argus. Following his retirement in 1972 Leslie continued to share his love and talent for music as organist and choirmaster of the Church of the Epiphany in Bronte. Leslie passed away in 1977 but his legacy remains, as reflected in the achievements of today's school choir.

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