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Eleanor Leach, IU professor, found dead

IU professor Eleanor Winsor Leach, 80, was found dead in her home Monday afternoon.

The Bloomington Police Department responded to a call around 2 p.m. from one of her students saying she missed a meeting with them at 1 p.m. Monday on campus — which was unlike her. 

The student went to Leach’s house and saw her car was in the garage. They heard loud music playing from inside the house, but Leach did not answer the door.

When police arrived, they knocked and called Leach’s cell phone before forcing the door open. 

They found Leach in her bed in the first bedroom at the top of the stairs. It appeared she had been dead for several days, officers said.

Leach was a professor in the Department of Classical Studies. Before coming to IU in 1977, she taught at Bryn Mawr College, Villanova University, the University of Texas at Austin and Wesleyan University, according to her Curriculum Vitae.

She had a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Yale University.

She wrote three books, the most recent published in 2004, and numerous scholarly articles.

A full obituary of Leach will follow this article.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the day Leach was found dead. The IDS regrets this error.

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