Dr. Hans von Leden
Treated voice ailments in entertainers, attorneys, ministers and politicians
Dr. Hans von Leden, 95, an ear, nose and throat specialist who taught at UCLA and USC and treated voice disorders in singers, attorneys, teachers, politicians, pastors and other professionals, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. No cause was given.
Known as a go-to doctor for entertainers stricken with laryngitis, Von Leden traveled to Las Vegas, Reno and elsewhere on short notice to relieve a singer's or actor's symptoms. For decades in his private practice, he treated all manner of patients whose voices had been strained or overused.
Hans Victor von Leden was born Nov. 20, 1918, in Breslau, in what is now Poland. His father was a prominent Catholic physician who fled to the United States in the late 1930s to avoid the advancing Nazis. The younger Von Leden followed and settled in Chicago with his family.