Alan Leamy Jr. survived a childhood bout with polio shortly after the family's move to Columbus in 1905.
That year, his father took a management position with Welsbach, a New Jersey-based firm that held the rights to manufacture incandescent-gas goods such as mantels and chimneys.
The family settled at 1153 Fairview Ave. Permanently disabled, Leamy attended Grandview Heights schools until his junior year.
His bio includes a statement that Leamy compensated for his disability through his "fine sense of sartorial style" and "meticulous attention to detail."
He was a self-taught artist with a strong interest for automobile design. He started his career as an architect, but was intrigued with industrial design.
His father helped arrange an entry-level position with the Marmon Motor Co. He got his opportunity to design by joining the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana. Leamy became widely acclaimed for the design of the Duesenberg and other cars of the late 1920s and was the chief designer for America's first front-wheel-drive production car, the Cord L-29.
At 32, he became the chief designer for the Fisher Body Works of General Motors.
He was on the job for just eight days in summer 1934 before dying of sepsis following a routine diphtheria vaccination required by GM for new employees.
Leamy's designs contributed to his international reputation in the history of automobile design.
This photo, taken shortly before his death, speaks to the "sartorial style" he was known for and the brace on his leg that he always wore.