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Levy, Marvin B. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. -Mark Twain Marvin B. Levy was such a man. Death found him fully prepared on December 1, 2013. Levy was born July 30, 1922. He attended Soldan High School and played the saxophone professionally. He attended Washington University, but left to volunteer for the Army. Levy became an interpreter for the Chinese Combat Command and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. After the war Levy resumed his studies, graduating with an advanced business degree. He also began a relationship with Alice Plattner that outlasted the twentieth century. They married in 1947, settled in University City to raise a family and sustained a loving marriage for over 66 years. He started his career in the advertising department at Northwestern Bottle Company, then left to start Continental Mfg. Co. with Lester Miller and eventually became president of Continental Sprayers. His life in University City was dedicated to community service, sitting on the school board for 11 years, three as president, and on city council for 7. He was active in the fight to desegregate the schools and establish open housing in St. Louis County. Levy also initiated a unique public sculpture program, culminating in an April 2011 proclamation establishing April as Public Sculpture Month. He was also active in his religious community, teaching religious school and helping to start Genesis - a Synagogue for Our Times. Levy retired to Florida at age 75. He immersed himself in activities he loved and explored new interests. He began writing poetry and his first collection of poems. A Justified Existence, was published on his 90th birthday. He was perhaps most proud of recently shooting his age (91!) on the golf course. Marvin is survived by his wife Alice, three sons, Steven (Joanna), Richard (Lynn), Brad (Jennifer), nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Brother of Sandra Wool (Dr. Gerald) and the late Harvey Levy (Betty). The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 5, 2013
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