Ida A. Leone, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on April 18, 2009. Dr. Leone was a member of the Cook Plant Pathology & Environmental Science. Dr. Leone was an alumnus of the Douglass College Class of 1944.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral from the Werson Funeral Home, 635 No. Wood Ave., Linden, on Wednesday, April 22, at 9:15 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be in St. John the Apostle R.C. Church, Clark, at 10 a.m. Interment is at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Visiting hours are Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
Dr. Ida A. Leone, 86, of Rahway died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center, Edison. Born in Elizabeth, Dr. Leone lived in Rahway for the past 43 years. She was employed by Rutgers University, Cook College, New Brunswick, as a professor of plant pathology and environmental science from 1944 to 1988. Dr. Leone was a 1944 graduate of Douglass College in New Brunswick, receiving her B.S. degree in science. She received her master's and doctorate degrees at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Dr. Leone, and her associate, the late Dr. Eileen Brennan, were pioneers in the field of air pollution. She became a highly respected consultant to industry throughout the world. She traveled to China, India, Russia, and throughout Europe. Her works were published in science magazines and many other publications. Dr. Leone was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was also a member of the AMITA, and was honored in 1966, as "Woman of the Year." Dr. Leone was commissioner of air pollution for the City of Rahway, and an active member of St. John the Apostle R.C. Church, Clark, where she had served on the parish council and was a longtime member of its choir. Dr. Leone was listed in Who's Who in American Woman and Science. Surviving are a sister, Dorothy A. Kleipe of Bloomfield, also surviving are 19 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center, Edison, in her memory would be appreciated.
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