Leon Lanzbom may have been the first graduate student to specialize in children's literature. He passed away March 25, 2011.
Another tribute, from Bill Nericcio, can be found at:
Leon Lanzbom was a delight to know, always curious, always active, always generous with his time, talents, and creativity.
He was a presence in the English/CompLit Dept. for many years and in many roles-- MA student in Children's Literature, grad assistant, MFA student, and teacher as well. He was a friend to many of us and a special friend for me as we shared cultural roots.
I will miss him and his big beautiful smile.--Alida Allison