Leonard Fredrick Doss, color consultant on more than a hundred films, including “Cleopatra,” “National Velvet” and “South Pacific,” died Thursday July 17 in Palm Springs. He was 88.
Just a few of the many other films he consulted on are “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Left Hand of God,” “Prince Valiant,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “The Seven Year Itch” and “Elmer Gantry.”
Chicago native and Northwestern U. grad earned his film credits when he worked for Technicolor as a consultant to 20th Century Fox. He was also color consultant and set director for Shipstad & Johnson Ice Follies and was also architect and interior designer for the one-of-a-kind Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.
In addition, he worked for WEBB Enterprises as design consultant for Disney World in Orlando, and then Hilton Hotels as design director. After his retirement from Hilton, he worked as a design consultant in Palm Springs until his death.
He was on the board of the Mizel Senior Center and was a founding member and special events director for the popular Primer Timers of the Desert in Palm Springs. He was also proudly active as an AA member.
He is survived by two daughters. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernice; second wife, Hollywood costume designer Mary Lillian Wills; and another daughter.
Donations can be sent to the hospice program of the Visiting Nurse Assn. of Palm Desert, 42-600 Cook St., Suite 2002, Palm Desert CA 92211.