Leo Passage, the founder of Evanston-based Pivot Point international, died Wednesday. Passage, 75, begain Pivot Point in 1962. It’s since grown to have cosmetology schools across the United States and in over 75 other countries. The school claims to have more than one million graduates.

Leo was diagnosed with a degenerative lung condition that he conquered for the past 12 years. For many years Leo was able to stay ahead of his disease by taking very good care of himself and always remaining positive.

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Visitation will be Friday, May 13th,2011-  from 3 p.m. until a funeral mass at 7 p.m. at

St. Joan of Arc Church at 9248 Lawndale in Skokie.

Survivors include his wife Lenie, and children Robert and Corrine.

Flowers can be sent to the church or donations can be made to The American Lung Association at http://www.lungusa.org/