Dr. Morton W. Leeds '38 '39 '44
Morton W. Leeds, 94, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 4, 2011. Mr. Leeds was a longtime resident of New Jersey, formerly of Murray Hill, and in recent years of Maplewood, at Winchester Gardens. He was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended Polytechnic University, from where he earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry, a subject for which he had a lifelong passion. Mr. Leeds used his expertise in chemistry for chemical and clinical research; studied the pharmacology of drugs and worked with drug regulatory affairs and held positions at Interchemical Corporation; DuPont; Schwartz Laboratories; Ohio Medical Corporation (Airco) and Novartis (Ciba-Geigy). After leaving Ciba-Geigy in 1982, he established Med-Chem Associates, a consultancy dealing with cases of medical malpractice, drug interactions and overdoses, which led to his service as an expert witness in cases around the country. He was particularly noted with regard to his work in the pharmaceutical industry and in the field of polymers and he held over 30 patents. He also served as an adjunct professor of chemistry at schools in New Jersey over a 27-year period, including Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean University, Caldwell College and Union and Middlesex County colleges.