Lewis J. Leeson, 90, of Pompton Plains died Feb. 1, 2017. He was born and raised in Paterson and later lived in Roseland and Parsippany.
His pharmaceutical science career took him from Lederle Laboratories to Union Carbide to Ciba-Geigy, and finally to his consulting firm, LJL Associates in Montville, until 2008, when he retired at the age of 81.
During his career, he developed over a dozen patents, produced scores of scientific publications, and was honored by many distinguished industry councils and committees.
He received his B.S. in pharmacy from Rutgers University in 1950, followed by an M.S. from Rutgers in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1954 and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from University of Michigan in 1957.
He served during World War II as a pharmacist’s mate.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara (Rothstein); two daughters, Suzanne (David) and Erica (Richard); his son, Alex; a brother, Danny; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 4 with burial at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Alzheimer’s Foundation.