ANTHONY MORELLA
1930 - 2020
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MORELLA Anthony C. Morella Passed away peacefully, on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Morella was born on August 31, 1930, in Malden, Massachusetts, to Anthony C. Morella, Sr. and Laura Costanza Morella. He graduated from Boston Latin School and Boston University. From 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War, he served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Upon completion of his service he returned to Boston and married his college classmate, former member of Congress and U.S. Ambassador Constance A. Morella. The Morellas settled in Washington, DC where Mr. Morella began studying law at Georgetown University. While at law school, he secured a position as Confidential Aide to the U.S. Attorney General. At the invitation of Dean John Sherman Myers, Mr. Morella completed his law studies at American University's Washington College of Law, where he earned his J.D. degree. His first professional post was as an attorney-advisor to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he participated in the Commission's investigation of voting rights violations of minority citizens in Louisiana. He subsequently served as Legislative Assistant to Congressman John V. Lindsay (R-NY). In 1960 he returned to the Washington College of Law where he joined the adjunct faculty. He served that institution for 44 years until his retirement in 2004. While at AU, he held posts as Associate Dean of the Law School and Vice President and General Counsel for the university. He also practiced law in the District of Columbia and Maryland for 25 years and retired as Senior Partner in the firm of Hewes, Morella, Gelband & Lamberton, P.C. in Washington, DC. Professor Morella was an officer of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a Trustee of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, President of the Court Practice Institute of Chicago and a Trustee of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Board of Directors of the Olney Theatre Center. In 1973, Mr. Morella was Co-Counsel for Judge John J. Sirica in Richard M. Nixon v. The Honorable John J. Sirica (Watergate Tapes Case). He was made an honorary member of the Minnesota State Bar Association for his work in that case. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a Distinguished Fellow of the John Sherman Myers Society at the Washington College of Law and a two-time recipient of the Bella Abzug Memorial Good Guy Award presented by the National Women's Political Caucus. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Mr. Morella is survived by his children, Paul (Mary) Morella, Mark (Teresa) Morella, Laura (Jay Olsen) Morella, Christine (David) Titcomb, Catherine (Jeffrey) Sanborn, Rachel (Greg) Swanson, Paul (Leslie) Sasso, and Ursula (Ryen) Munro; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Judge and Madeline Morella. Predeceased by daughter Louise (Peter) Lundin; brother John Morella; and sister Rita Sharrio. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 with a celebration of his life at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Children's Inn at The National Institutes of Health, 7 West Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814 or a charity of one's choice.

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 5, 2020.
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November 10, 2020
He was a wonderful mentor, professor and friend. Every Monday morning in Tony’s class was spent with a review of the Redskins game from the day before. Tony lead a full life and was so proud of his beloved wife Connie. He will be missed by so many of us.
Jay Bernstein
Friend
November 7, 2020
I was saddened to learn of Tony’s passing. He lived a productive life and my thoughts and prayers are with Connie and his family
Laurence Levitan
Friend
November 6, 2020
As a high school kid who spent a lot of time in the Morella household back in the '80s, my memories of Mr. Morella were his quiet kindness, ready smile, and always feeling welcome. My love and condolences to the wonderful Morella family, and hugs to you, Laura.
Sharon Campbell
Friend
November 6, 2020
Friend, Mentor, Teacher, Scholar
luiz simmons
Friend
November 6, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Indira A Turner
Acquaintance
November 6, 2020
A gentleman and a scholar the likes of which we seldom see in these times. I had the privilege of Taking a trial practice from
Prof. Morella 38 years ago; his incisive albeit kindly observations remain with me to this day. What I remember most about the Morellas making a small contribution to Connies campaign in 1988, soon after I had gone into solo practice. I wrote a note with my contribution telling her how much I had appreciated Tony’s tutelage. Both she and Tony wrote personal notes to me wishing me well. May Tony’s life be for a blessing,May the family be comforted during this time, and may they all be blessed with good health and safety for years to come.
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