Bay Area Photojournalist Bob McLeod, 59

Jan 6, 2006

Bob McLeod, 59, a staff photojournalist and picture editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, died January 3, 2006, at his home in Antioch, CA, from lung cancer – although he was never a smoker – the newspaper reported. He retired from the newspaper recently because of his health, and his condition was only discovered within the last year.

McLeod's friends at the Chronicle say a memorial service or wake is being planned for sometime soon, in the coming months. Details will be provided when available. For more information about the service please contact Rick Romagosa via eMail.

McLeod was a photojournalist in the Bay Area for nearly four decades, first at the San Francisco Examiner and then for the Chronicle. A native of Daly City, CA, he started photography as a hobby as a 12-year-old and, after studying briefly at San Francisco State, joined the Examiner in 1967 as a copy boy. He did that for five years before becoming a staff photographer, and McLeod was named director of photography for the Examiner in 1989.

As a general assignment photographer for the Examiner, he was the first to photograph Patty Hearst with her parents in their Knob Hill apartment when she was released from jail, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for a photo essay called “The Caregivers” done with his wife, Examiner reporter Beth Witrogen McLeod. She told the Chronicle that her husband's favorite pictures were the thousands of images he took of ballet dancers over the years, pictures that he donated to the San Francisco Ballet photo archive.

McLeod is survived by his wife and a brother and sister. Plans for a memorial service are pending. The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa, 2051 Harrison Street, Concord, CA, 94520.