Friday, November 10, 2017

In Memoriam: Leo Carlin

A familiar man about town, walking his handsome gray poodle, Beau, on Warren Street and around courthouse square, Leo Carlin died on Saturday.

Flâneur and raconteur, Leo was generous with his praise and support for things that met with his approval and equally generous and often harsh with his criticism of things that did not. An unapologetic Luddite, Leo never figured out how to comment on Gossips and instead frequently reacted to posts with cryptic email messages. In the very last email I received from Leo, he lamented,  "How can you discuss city planning with a group who rarely travel south of Kingston, or [have] seen an architectural journal? They have no sense of vistas . . . or that architecture can change a city, even if only a street corner." 

Leo indeed had that "sense of vistas," as well as a refined appreciation of architecture, art, music, food, and other people. A mutual friend, at whose home I first met Leo, said of him, “He knew how to throw a good dinner party and how to be a good guest. A lost art on both accounts.” 

Hudson has lost another of its inimitable characters. Rest in peace, Leo Carlin. You will be missed.


  1. I loved Leo, our friendly iconoclast.

  2. Perfect tribute. Leo was such a provocative character and will be sorely missed.

  3. Thank you for this beautiful and honest tribute to my Uncle Leo.

  4. This is the link to Leo's obituary. Please note: a community celebration of Leo's life will take place at 3pm on Saturday, 12/2, at Time Space Limited.