Levy, I. Harrison
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I. Harrison Levy, age 89, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2013. He was born May 11, 1923 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to Morris and Elizabeth Levy. Harrison was married to Zoe Levy for 54 years before her passing in 2009. Harrison is survived by his three sons and their wives, Edward Levy (Lisa), John Levy (Leslie), and Andy Levy (Susan), and his brother, Morris Levy, Jr. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Sarah and Julia, Nathaniel and Allyson, and Matthew, Benjamin, and Samuel. Harrison graduated from Lehigh University with high honors in 1943 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Navy. In World War II, commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, he served as the Supply Officer of the USS Douglas H. Fox, a destroyer which was severely damaged by the Japanese kamikaze attack off the coast of Okinawa. During the war his parents purchased the Dyckman Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota so Harrison went there after the war, fell in love and married Zoe, and worked at the Dyckman for about ten years. While in Minneapolis, Harrison was the President of Friends of the Hebrew University before he moved to Troy, New York where he purchased and operated the Hendrick Hudson Hotel. Then, in 1960 he purchased the Coronado Motel in Nogales, Arizona and settled in Phoenix. Harrison then went to Arizona State University's College of Law. He then founded a law firm, Levy, Sherwood, Klein, and Dudley, and practiced law with that firm until 1993 when he opened a separate office as a sole practitioner. Harrison served the Phoenix community as President of the Jewish Community Center for several years, President as the Law Society of the Arizona State University College of Law, and board member for the Jewish Federation. He was also a founding member of the Friends of Mexican Art and served on the board of directors of the Phoenix Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Beth Israel Memorial Cemetery, 305 S. 35th Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 85009. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations in Harrison's name to American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011, (602) 650-1854, www.acluaz.org. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 4, 2013