Dr. A.J. Darin de Lorenzo, 79, psychiatrist, researcher

October 14, 2003

Dr. A.J. Darin de Lorenzo, a retired psychiatrist and medical researcher, died of leukemia Oct. 5 in Falmouth, Mass. The former Ruxton resident was 79.

Born in Joliet, Ill., he was a Navy lieutenant during World War II and received the Purple Heart and Silver Star for action in the battle of Okinawa. After the war, he earned his undergraduate degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and his doctorate in neurophysiology from Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1956, he joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, where he received a medical degree and taught neurophysiology. He did research on the brain and its relationship to the ear and eye. He moved to Boston in 1972 and later practiced psychiatry in Hyannis, Mass., before his 1992 retirement

Dr. de Lorenzo published more than 100 papers and contributed to numerous books on the cellular structure and biochemistry of the brain.

His marriage to the former Laura Morrow Markley ended in divorce.

Services are private.

Survivors include a son, David de Lorenzo of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Laura M. de Lorenzo of Woods Hole, Mass.; a sister, Marie Smeets of Plainfield, Ill.; and two grandchildren. A son, Michael Kevin de Lorenzo, died in 1986, and a second son, John de Lorenzo, died in 1957.

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