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Jay LEVITON Obituary

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LEVITON, Jay JAY BENNET LEVITON Jay Bennet Leviton, age 90, died on November 1, 2013. He was born on February 20, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. He lived in many locales across the United States as his father traveled the country helping to build hospitals for the government. After graduating from high school in Bath, NY, he attended Cornell University before joining the Army and serving in World War II in Italy as part of the Army Signal Corps Photographic Unit. He came to Georgia during the Korean War when he was stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta. It was during that time he met Joyce Brown, who was a reporter for Time-Life publications. They were married in 1953 and shortly thereafter they moved into the Pine Hills neighborhood in what is now the city of Brookhaven . A groundbreaking Atlanta freelance professional photographer, his career spanned the 1950's through the early 21st century and involved editorial and industrial assignments. He did many photographic assignments for Coca-Cola and IBM among his corporate clients. He also was assigned to many significant journalistic tasks such as covering the civil rights movement and the ascension of Jimmy Carter's Presidential campaign. He worked many of these assignments alongside his wife. Together, they functioned as a photojournalistic team for many of TIME Inc.'s publications. Jay also published a well-known book of photographs of Elvis Presley from his early career. Jay was preceded in death by Joyce in 2000. He is survived by his three sons, Drew Leviton of Dillard, GA, and his wife Louise, Mark Leviton of Lilburn, GA, and his wife Mary Ellen, and Doug Leviton of Boulder, CO, and his wife Marianne. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Ginny Leviton, Danny Leviton, and Olivia Leviton. The family will hold a private ceremony in his loving memory.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 3, 2013
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