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Dodda E Leelavathi, PhD

February 8, 1938 January 25, 2019
Dodda E Leelavathi, PhD
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Doddamane Eswarappa Leelavathi (February 8, 1938 – January 25, 2019) passed in her sleep in her own home in Hillsborough New Jersey at the age of 80.
Dr. Leela, daughter of Doddamane Shivalingappa Eswarappa and Rudrama Kodihalli, graduated from the Indian Institute of Science in Banglalore with a PhD in Biochemistry for her research in metabolism. She immigrated to the United States in December 1968 for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Pathology where she did the first isolation of the Golgi apparatus. From there she worked for the University of Texas Medical Center as a chief neuro chemist at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences for behavioral neurochemistry and biological psychiatry. She received her US citizenship in 1980 of which she was very proud. She moved to the pharmaceutical industry to work for Wyeth-Ayerst (American Home Products later to become Pfizer) and then Able Laboratories. She liked to talk about venlafaxine and the many products she supported as an analytical research scientist, supervisor and director. She briefly retired to a condominium by the beach in Fort Lauderdale Florida and then, in later years, worked various contract IT consulting jobs to pass the time. Her favorite was with the FDIC in Washington DC. She loved working. She also enjoyed reading about cognition and aging during retirement.
Dr. Leela has been playing South Indian Classical music, her veena her whole life since the age of 4. This was the most important practice in her later years, and she would never miss a day. She is known for performing with her veena at concerts, her religious devotion, great pride in her family, hosting Hindu bajans and yoga groups, her flower garden, as a member of the Hillsborough hiking club, an avid library goer, a volunteer for CASA (court appointed advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children) and the Somerset County 4H Fair for the American Chemical Society In retirement, her most important travel was her pilgrimage from India through Nepal to Mt. Kailash in the Himalayan foot hills of Tibet with her sisters Nagarathna, Shakunthala and Nirmalla.
She is loved and adored by her daughter Shivani and grandson Noah. Noah remembers all her fun games and special times he spent with her at her home in Hillsborough, her hide and seek and making fun or his dog. He carries on her love of classical music by playing the piano she bought 36 years ago, along with her love of reading and love for science. Her family is blessed to have had her love and care. She is remembered for her brilliant mind, vibrant personality, sense of humor and feistiness and for the best life she gave her daughter. She is missed immensely. She is survived by her brother Manju Nath (Pittsburgh), sister Shakunthala (California), her daughter Shivani and grandson Noah.

The Sri Venkateswara temple of Bridgewater NJ will conduct a traditional South Indian Hindu service on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at the Franklin Memorial Park Chapel, 1800 Lincoln Hwy, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, at 1:00 pm.

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Franklin Memorial Park

1800 New Jersey 27
North Brunswick , NJ 08902

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1800 New Jersey 27 North Brunswick 08902 NJ
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