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Milton P. Levy Jr. Obituary
Levy, Jr., Milton P. .Milton P. Levy, Jr., prominent Dallas businessman and community leader, died April 2, 2010, at the age of 84, surrounded by loved ones at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Milton, fondly known as "Bubba" to his family and friends, was born August 7, 1925, in Dallas, Texas to Milton P. Levy, Sr. and Ruth Wolf Levy. Raised in South Dallas on Park Row, he graduated from Highland Park High School. Milton joined the armed forces, serving his country during World War II as a Navy Communications Officer attached to General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters in Japan. Upon his return to the United States, he earned a B.B.A. degree from The University of Texas in Austin. He met and married Marjorie Jane Kanter of Norfolk, Virginia. They had three daughters and, at the time of his death, had been married 58 years. After graduating college, Milton joined his brother, Lester, Sr., at National Disinfectant (later known as National ChemSearch), a chemical maintenance company founded by their father. Milton's younger brother Irvin subsequently joined the business as well. Under the brothers' leadership, National ChemSearch grew into an international, publicly traded company that is now known as NCH Corporation. Today, NCH Corporation is privately held and operates in more than 50 countries worldwide. In various periods during his 50 years at NCH Corp., Milton served the company in many executive capacities, including a long tenure as Chairman of the Executive Committee. He was devoted to all of his NCH business associates and his many friends. The art of commerce was Milton's passion, and he loved nothing more than "talking business." In 1978, Mr. Levy received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Southern Methodist University. In addition to his industrial success, Milton was a generous philanthropist and tireless community leader. "Because I've had such good fortune," he often said, "I had the opportunity to give back." From 1993-2004, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Baylor Oral Health Foundation. Through his dedicated leadership and wise counsel, this foundation has provided more than $51 million to the Baylor College of Dentistry. Milton also served for more than 40 years combined on the boards of LaunchAbility (previously known as Special Care and Career Services) and Community Home for Adults (CHAI), agencies committed to providing hope, confidence and independence to people with cognitive disabilities. He was the co-founder and President of CHAI and served as President of LaunchAbility. For his efforts, Mr. Levy was honored by both organizations. CHAI created the Milton P. Levy, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award as a tribute to his years of dedication to the agency and those it serves. LaunchAbility established the Milton P. Levy, Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Award, which honors Milton's commitment to changing the lives of people through volunteering. In addition, Mr. Levy served on the Board of Directors or held executive office at many other civic organizations, including: Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged (President, Board Member), National Conference of Christians and Jews (Board Member), American Jewish Committee (Board member), Baylor University Medical Center Foundation, the Research Institute (Board Member), , Dallas Chapter (Board Member, Member of Crusade Committee, Co-chairman of Special Gifts Committee), The Greenhill School (Board Member, Executive Committee), The Dallas Geriatric Research Institute (President), Jewish Welfare Federation (Secretary, Treasurer, Board Member), The YMCA (Advisory Council Member), Dallas City Dental Health Program, United Way (Board Member). Additionally, he served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank, the ISSA Foundation Board and Temple Emanu-El (Board Member). Milton served on the board of the Communities Foundation of Texas for 13 years and held several offices, including Vice-Chairman and Treasurer. He championed advances in health care and helped strengthen asset management at the foundation. After his retirement from the board, he continued to serve loyally as a member of the CFT Investment Committee until his death. He understood the power of philanthropy through a community foundation and never wavered in his commitment to make CFT as effective as it could be for the sake of producing the greatest positive impact in the lives of people. Above all else, Mr. Levy was a loving family man whose greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his children and grandchildren. From the time of his first grandchild, he could be found every Saturday having lunch with his children and grandchildren. This Saturday lunch tradition continued until his death, and will carry on in his memory. Mr. Levy is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie Kanter Levy; his two brothers, Lester Levy, Sr. and Irvin Levy; his three daughters, Nancy Levy Szor, Sally Levy Rosen and Kathy Levy; his two sons-in-law, Robert Rosen and Jerry Szor; and his eleven grandchildren, David, Betsy, Julie, Lee, Jay, Allison, Jeffrey, Stacey, Brian, Tessa, and Kate. In lieu of flowers or food, contributions can be made to Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI), LaunchAbility (formerly Special Care and Career Services), the Baylor University Medical Center Foundation (for the Research Institute), or any of the other organizations or schools he cherished. Services will be held Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 2:00pm in the sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road in Dallas. Interment will follow at Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, 3430 Howell St (at Lemmon) in Dallas. Condolences may be submitted to www.sparkman-hillcrest.com
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 4, 2010
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