Dr. Leo Edward Heim, DMA, Piano (Honorary), 1987; MM, Piano, 1935; BM, Piano, 1934.
Date of Death: January 1, 1992. Assistant Dean, (1956-1957); Dean, (1957-1971); President, American Conservatory of Music (1971-1981); Served with United States Army Air Force, (1942-1945), Decorated Bronze Star; Organist, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Wilmette, Illinois; Secretary and President, Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation (1985-1992); Trustee, American Conservatory Music (served until his death); President Emeritus, American Conservatory of Music (1981-1992); Established a scholarship fund for the Conservatory (1980), later incorporated as The Margaret B. and Leo E. Heim Scholarship Fund; Savior, along with Dr. Richard Schulze and others, of the Conservatory (1990-1992); Member, Society of American Musicians; Member, Musicians Union, Local 10, Chicago, Illinois; Member, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; and Former examiner, member independent schools committee, National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Note: Dr. Heim's service to the Conservatory is important evidentiary proof that the American Conservatory of Music has been in continuous operation from its inception (June 16, 1886) to the present. Contrary to the falsehood published on Wikipedia, the Conservatory was not shuttered in May, 1991; nor, was any voting action taken by the official American Conservatory of Music Board of Trustees to "close the school". In fact, the American Conservatory of Music's Board of Trustees were quoted as saying that the effort to rescue the American Conservatory of Music was fully approved by them with their blessing, according to Chairman Frederic Wilbur Hickman. Thus, the American Conservatory of Music continued onward with all of its functions and mission under the control of a replacement Board of Trustees, in which Dr. Heim served as Trustee (until the time of his death, January 1, 1992), and with all the same facilities, equipment, personnel, staff, academic administration, identical accreditation, faculty, and students.