Thomas E. Leavey

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Thomas Leavey
Born 1897
Ferndale, Humboldt County, California
Died March 29, 1980
Los Angeles County, California
Education Santa Clara University
Georgetown University School of Law
Occupation Business executive, philanthropist
Spouse(s) Dorothy Leavey
Children Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan

Thomas E. Leavey (1897-1980) was an American business executive, rancher, and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Born near Ferndale, Humboldt County, California to Irish immigrants, he attended Santa Clara University and served briefly in the U. S. Army during the final months of World War I.[1] In 1923, he received a bachelor's degree from the Georgetown University School of Law and relocated to Los Angeles two years later.


In 1928, he co-founded the company that became the Farmers Insurance Group with John C. Tyler.


With his wife, Dorothy Leavey, he established the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation in 1952. The Leavey Foundation has donated more than $100 million to support educational, religious, and other institutions.


He died on March 29, 1980 at the age of 82. Dorothy Leavey died in January 1998 at the age of 101.


  1. ^ "Sunday Profile -- A Quiet Force" (Dorothy Leavey) LA Times, 1994-10-30. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  1. Dunkley, John. A History of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. Los Angeles: Farmers Insurance Group, 1993.
  2. Brown, Kathi. Sound Thinking and Lofty Ideals: The First Seventy Five Years of Farmers Insurance. Los Angeles: Farmers Insurance Group, 2003.
  3. ‘Welcome to Old West End’ by James Pegolotti; The Humboldt Historian: Vol. 56, No. 3; Fall, 2008.
  4. “The Personal File of Thomas E. Leavey.” (A brief memoir compiled in the 1970s and preserved in the Thomas E. Leavey Archives.)

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