Leslie M. Holve, MD passed away peacefully May 5, 2021 - he had a long and very satisfying life.
Dr. Holve was born September 26, 1926 and was raised on a citrus farm in Santa Ana, California.
He attended Occidental College and then USC Medical School in Los Angeles. After graduating in 1952, he began a one year rotating internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and then started his residency in pediatrics at the same institution. However, his training was interrupted by the Korean War when he was called back to active duty by the Navy. After two years in the service he returned to the newly opened UCLA pediatric training program in 1954. Two years later he obtained his pediatric board certification and entered a general pediatric practice in Westwood, California.
In 1964, Dr. Holve joined a group of specialists at St John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California to start the first “comprehensive cleft palate team” in the Los Angeles area. Within a short time he became the Medical Director of the team and continued in that role as well as running his private practice for the next 26 years. In 1990, he retired from active general practice but continued in his role as Director of the St John’s Cleft Palate Center until 1999.
Dr. Holve was president of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society in 1964 and president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 1983. He was an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA and taught at the medical center until 1997.
He was a compassionate and skilled physician, a great father, a loving husband and is survived by his wife, Eleanore, three sons and daughters-in-law, and 5 grandchildren.