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Karl Frederick Mortel Ph.D.

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Karl Frederick Mortel, PhD. of Gap Karl Frederick Mortel, PhD., of Gap, was born June 26, 1945. He died peacefully, shortly after 6 o'clock a.m. on Jan 24, 2013, following a determined and valiant battle of over six years versus Primary Amyloidosis and Lynch Syndrome resulting in numerous independent cancers. Born in Chicago, Illinois and receiving his doctorate from the University of Houston, Karl made sound contributions in the field of gerontology, and later, excelled as the Principle Medical Writer for the Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceutical company. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Tihla Jimma Mortel; his brother, Victor (Denyce); beloved brother-in-law, Eddie Martin; and cousins Lee, Lorel, Larry and Dan. Karl was a free thinker in the Emersonian tradition, and welcomed into his complicated heart the urgencies of art, beauty, struggle and transformation. To the little boy with his first baseman's mitt, to the teenager determined to end a war, to the student curious about consciousness and organic compounds, to the lover of a good woman and teacher to a younger brother, this man, Karl Mortel, who made untold contributions to this world. We, his family, friends and family of choice, could not be more appreciative and proud to have been part of his life. Thus today and every day hence, we say, Shalom, dear one. Shalom. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in the name of Karl F. Mortel, Ph.D. to Amyloidosis research at The Amyloidosis Center, Boston University School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street., K-503, Boston, MA 02118. Website: http://www.bu.edu/amyloid/donate/ Services and Interment were held privately. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com.

Published in The Daily Local on Jan. 29, 2013
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