MURIEL DEUTSCH LEZAK, 1927-2021
Muriel Deutsch Lezak, age 94, died October 6, 2021, having led a remarkable life. She was brilliant, accomplished, and widely beloved.
Muriel was born to Lester and Sylvia (Friedman) Deutsch in Chicago on August 26, 1927. After high school, she attended the University of Chicago (the finest academic institution anywhere, she touted!), graduating with an M.A. in Human Development in 1949. A week later, she married the love of her life, Sidney Lezak. She delighted in sharing the fact that she and Sid “slept under the same roof” for years before marrying, having grown up in the same apartment building on Chicago’s South Side.
In lieu of a honeymoon, Muriel and Sid together drove west to Portland, Oregon and never looked back. She was a proud Oregonian and couldn’t understand why anyone would live elsewhere. She and Sid soon developed a wide circle of friends and became active in local civic, arts, and cultural life. They raised their family in Southwest Portland, where they loved entertaining on their large deck.
In 1960, Muriel earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Portland. She established herself as an early leader in the field of neuropsychology and the assessment of brain damage. Her landmark 1976 book, Neuropsychological Assessment, is now in its fifth edition (with co-authors) and has become an essential teaching text worldwide. Her work was grounded in her long tenure as a clinical neuropsychologist at the Portland VA Hospital. She was also Professor of Neurology at...