Leo Kent

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Alma materNorthwestern University

Dr. Leo Kent was an internal medicine doctor in Tucson, AZ. He practiced for many years before dying of Hodgkin’s disease.

Early Life

Dr. Kent was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Northwestern University, where he was a first-string end on the football team and a track team member. He received his medical degree from Northwestern Medical School and served as an intern and resident at Evanston Hospital. Kent served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Medal.


Dr. Kent moved his family to Tucson, AZ, where he was a significant contributor to the Tucson community and a devoted servant to the city. He was a vice-president[1] and, later, president of the Pima County Medical Society and a chartered member of the medical societies of the United States and Mexico. Dr. Kent helped establish the Pima County Medical Legal Panel and was active in the Arizona Medical Alliance with Mexico. Dr. Kent was a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Blue Cross and a board member for the Tucson Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was part of the Citizens Committee for Hospital Planning in Tucson.

Contributions to the study of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Kent was also a member and contributor to the Southwestern Clinic and Research Institute. In 1948, a research study conducted by Dr. Kent and his colleagues on the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis was presented at the American Medical Association sessions in Chicago and St. Louis[2]. The paper also appeared in Postgraduate Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 5, in May 1949.

Dr. Kent’s contributions to the research and study of rheumatoid arthritis[3][4][5][6][7] helped advance the understanding and treatment of an autoimmune disease affecting millions of people worldwide.

At the time of his death, Dr. Leo Kent was survived by his wife, Bonita Kent, daughter Katherine “Muffin” Kent, and son, Tyler John Kent.


Scottsdale-based Opwest Partners[8] and Tucson-based Iridius Capital have partnered on The Leo Kent Hotel[9][10], located in Tucson’s tallest building at One South Church. Named for developer Tyler Kent’s grandfather, the boutique hotel will be a part of the Marriott Tribute Portfolio. The Leo Kent is slated to open in Spring 2023.


  1. Arizona Memory Project, Minutes of the Pima County Medical Society (Pima County, Arizona): Officer election; [1954-01-12-01]
  2. Southwestern Clinic and Research Institute Publications by SCARI Members: Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis; The Use of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) and Cortisone in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Annals of Western Medicine and Surgery, December 1951.
  3. Studies of the Urinary Excretion of Amino Acids in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis – A Preliminary Report. Rheumatic Diseases, American Rheumatism Association, pp. 374-377, 1952, W.B. Saunders Company.
  4. Urinary Excretion of Certain Amino Acids During ACTH and Cortisone Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.3181/00379727-75-18172
  5. Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis: https://doi.org/10.1080/00325481.1949.11693821
  6. Apparent Free Histidine Plasma and Urine Values in Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Cortisone and ACTH : https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.3181/00379727-74-17876
  7. Plasma Levels of Free Amino Acids in Normal Subjects Compared with Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3181/00379727-75-18087
  8. Opwest Partners will open upscale lifestyle hotel in Downtown Tucson: https://azbigmedia.com/real-estate/opwest-partners-will-open-upscale-lifestyle-hotel-in-downtown-tucson/
  9. A new hotel is coming to Tucson’s tallest building: https://archive.ph/u6O18#selection-3439.127-3439.179
  10. Redevelopment of Tucson’s tallest building includes hotel: https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/redevelopment-of-tucsons-tallest-building-includes-hotel1

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