Dario Anthony Levaggi|
Jan 4, 1931 - Apr 7th, 2013
Resident of Oakland
Dario Anthony Levaggi passed away at his home in Oakland on April 7th, 2013 with his family by his side. Dario was an internationally recognized air pollution chemist, accomplished athlete, loyal friend, and devoted family man.
Born to Italian immigrants, Dario was a life-long resident of Oakland. He was a star basketball player at Oakland Technical High School, where he led the team in scoring.
He continued his basketball career at the University of Santa Clara, then transferred to the University of San Francisco where he received a degree in Chemistry. Following graduation, Dario entered the Army, serving for 2 years in a Nike missile unit.
In 1958 Dario began his career as a chemist with the Bay Area Air Pollution Control District (now known as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District), less than two years after its formation. Dario set up the District's laboratory and began pioneering technical work that led to an understanding of the chemical nature of air pollution. He also developed sampling and laboratory methods for measuring air pollution in ambient air and emissions from power plants, refineries and power plants that became standardized in air pollution control work. He published dozens of scientific papers, lectured extensively, and was widely respected by pollution control experts around the world.
After his retirement in 1993. Dario enjoyed spending more time with his family and friends, traveling, playing golf and bridge. Dario was an avid golfer and belonged to the Seniors Club at Tilden Golf Course.
Dario will be remembered for his kindness, even manner, keen mind and wonderful sense of humor. He is preceded in death by his parents Antonio & Marcella Levaggi, his brother Al and his daughter Lisa Levaggi Rich. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon, his son Marc, daughter in-law Mary, son-in-law Michael and three grandchildren, Antonio & Kelley Levaggi and Leila Rich.
A memorial mass will be held Friday, April 26th at 10:00am, Corpus Christi Church, 322 Saint James Drive, Piedmont
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the
, or Children's Hospital Oakland
Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 24, 2013