Leonard John Fick was born in Rich Fountain, Missouri, on September 6, 1915.
Fick (September 6, 1915 – February 4, 1990) was an American Roman Catholic priest, scholar and educator, college president, author in Ohio whose educational career spanned over fifty years.
Fick devoted more than sixty years to the Pontifical College Josephinum and is considered by many to be its most prominent 20th century graduate, scholar, administrator and leader having occupied more positions of responsibility and leadership than anyone else during that time.
Father Fick, as he preferred to be called, at both Ohio Dominican University, the Josephinum and other institutions and churches, in both the classroom and from the pulpit, inspired generations of English students with his witty insights into the intricacies of the English language – into writing, poetry, literature and theatre and in insights into the life of Jesus Christ and his Church.
Fick's critical and mentoring skills were legendary and they served to influence a host of college-educated men and women who would go on to be priests, teachers, scholars and leaders in all walks of life.
So as a student, teacher and administrator, Fick would be associated with the Josephinum for more than 61 years.
After graduating from the Seminary College, Fick went on to study English Literature at St.Louis University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral studies in 1951.Out of that orphanage grew a seminary; naturally, Fick was attracted to the Josephinum.Beginning his high school studies in the fall of 1929, Fick arrived at the Josephinum to begin his high school seminary studies.He would distinguish himself all the way through his training as a gifted scholar.When he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1941, the young priest was requested to stay on and join the teaching faculty at the Josephinum.