2008-02-08 / Obits

William Turner Levy

Educator and Author

William Turner Levy, a Rockaway native, died January 21. He was 85.

Levy was born Far Rockaway on November 3, 1922. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted by Jacob Levy and Florence Turner Levy. At the age of 16, he graduated from high school, and continued on to what is now City College, where in 1942 he earned a degree in English. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Levy enlisted in the Army. He served in France, Germany, and earned a Bronze Star. In 1953 Levy earned a doctorate in English from Columbia University and was ordained an Episcopal priest.

As an author, Levy wrote about his friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, T.S. Eliot and Frank Capra. He used those experiences to create meaningful classroom lessons for younger generations.

He is survived by his cousin, Loretta Hoffman; and many students and friends.

A memorial service will be held on February 24 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Carlson Family Theatre at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California.

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