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JOHN AMRHEIN "JACK" LeVAN

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JOHN "JACK" AMRHEIN LeVAN AUGUST 7TH 1920 ~ SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2013 John "Jack" Amrhein LeVan was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on August 7th, 1920 to Earl and Bernice (Amrhein) LeVan, and passed on after a brief illness on September 26th, 2013. He was predeceased by daughter Betsy LeVan in 2011, and daughter Meg LeVan in 2012. Jack is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Somerville) LeVan. Jack and Elizabeth would have been married 65 years on October 9th. Jack is also survived by daughter Hope LeVan (Eric Younkins) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; grandson Daniel Lockley of Boulder, Colorado; grandson Matthew Jacob and granddaughter Maura Jacob (Travis Straub) of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; cousins Beatrice Becker of Hawaii and Paul Redline of Florida; and by many friends who has been so loving and attentive during Jack's final days. Jack grew up in Kokomo, Indiana. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut in 1939, from Yale University with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1942, and from the University of Michigan Law School, LLB in 1948. Between Yale and law school, Jack served as a PV-2 bomber pilot in the U.S. Naval Air Force in the Pacific theater from 1942-1945, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Jack was in general law practice in Kokomo, Indiana from 1948-1953. Jack worked for the Union Carbide Corporation's law department in New York City from 1954-1975. He also was Director of Urban Affairs at UCC, a newly created position responsible for development of the first affirmative action program at UCC. Also at UCC, he was the vice-president in charge of personnel and industrial relations. During these years, the family resided in Larchmont, New York. From 1976-1980, Jack was executive director of the National Ghost Ranch Foundation in support of the Program Agencies-Ghost Ranch Conference Center at Abiquiu, New Mexico. From 1980-1982, he acted as a self-employed management consultant for charitable fundraising and economic development for Presbyterian Medical Services. He had the following affiliations; Board of Directors, The Frost Foundation Ltd., ruling elder 1979-1982 First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe. Jack was formerly a member of the Larchmont Avenue Church from 1955-1975 serving as a ruling elder, Trustee, Deacon and on various committees. In the past 20 years, Jack's main focus has been the Frost Foundation, and he was an original member of the board of the Hospice Center after it affiliated with Presbyterian Medical Services. The family would also like to acknowledge Jack's constant devotion and caring service to his family members. The family would like to thank the hardworking staff at both St. Vincent's Hospital and Presbyterian Medical Services Hospice for their excellent care. We would especially like to thank Dr. Marcellin Simard for caring deeply about Jack's physical and emotional well-being. You are an extraordinary person, and we will never forget you. A memorial service is not planned at this time. Contributions in Jack's name can be made to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, 3799-A State Road 14, Santa Fe, NM 87508, www.kindredspiritsnm.org, or a .
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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