Leyla DeToledo-Morrell

August 6, 1941January 20, 2015

Dr. Leyla DeToledo Morrell, 73, passed away suddenly on January 20, 2015. Leyla was born August 6, 1941 in Istanbul, Turkey. She was the devoted wife of the late Dr. Frank Morrell, beloved daughter of the late Marco DeToledo and Vicky (DeToledo) Asch, and step-father Gorun Asch. She was the caring step-mother of Seth (Laura), Paul (Kevin), Michael, and Suzanna (David). She was deeply cherished by her grandchildren Anna Rose, Daniel, Natalie, and Nolan; a loving cousin of the Keribar family and a devoted colleague and friend. She was also a great patron of the arts. Throughout her professional life, Leyla studied the mechanisms of learning in the brain. She was also a leader in the field of Alzheimer's research, giving hope for early treatment interventions by identifying risk factors for developing Alzheimer's disease. Leyla leaves a solid legacy of scientific discovery and achievement. She will be missed by her family and by the many scientists around the world for whom she was an inspiring colleague. A memorial service will be held in March. For more information, please contact Weinstein Funeral Home at (847) 256-5700.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 15, 2015

Leyla DeToledo-Morrell

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Michael Tytell

February 14, 2015

I knew Leyla as a neighboring library desk reader at the MBL. Our desks were were nearby each other overlooking Eel Pond. I enjoyed talking to her each summer for more 10 years about research, the MBL and family. I will miss her.

Leah Haimo

February 6, 2015

Leyla was such a dear friend, and I miss her terribly. Although I never knew Frank, I do know that Leyla adored him and was totally devoted to him and the children and grandkids. Leyla loved sitting on her deck in Woods Hole and watching the birds come to her feeders, especially the Baltimore Orioles. Leyla also loved her beautiful hydrangeas, from which she would take cuttings at the end of each summer to bring a little bit of Woods Hole beauty back to Chicago. She loved to be surrounded by her friends and family. What a terrible loss for all of us whom Leyla touched. My deepest condolences to the family.

Kate Nixon

January 29, 2015

we will miss our neighbor Leyla. She was fun and upbeat. Always wanting to introduce neighbors to each other, great dinners. She loved her grandchildren and it was fun to hear about them.
I will remember her company with us at the beach in Woods Hole. She was a beach person, loved the sun and water. We will miss you a lot Leyla. You have left us way too soon.

Ellen Montanheri

January 27, 2015

" I will always remember Leyla as an inspiration and strong woman. she will always be in my heart."

January 25, 2015

I will always remember fondly my time with Leyla at Rush University. She was always such an advocate for and inspiration to the young women beginning their scientific careers.

Kate Soderstrom