Gerald "Jerry" Levinson Died peacefully in his sleep on July 18, 2008. A long time professor of chemistry at City College of San Francisco, Jerry is survived by his partner of 52 years, Robert "Bob" Armstrong. Jerry is also survived by his older brother Alan and sister-in-law Mickey of Chicago and a large extended family in Illinois and California. Jerry was born on April 18, 1931 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Jules and Janette Levinson. A precocious boy, Jerry developed an early love of science that took him through his education and eventual PhD from the University of Washington. There, Jerry developed many close friendships and colleagues. After meeting Bob, the two moved to San Francisco, living in several locations in the City before settling in their home on Mt. Sutro. Jerry and Bob loved and shared every aspect of San Francisco including annual visits to watch the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo. Jerry became a runner and was a free spirited supporter and participant in the Bay to Breakers races for many years. Most of Jerry's career was spent working for Shell Oil in Emeryville although he spent several years working in the company's Amsterdam research facility. Jerry and Bob found Amsterdam an enchanting place, returning every other year to visit friends. In turn, these friends were hosted by Jerry and Bob in San Francisco. Jerry learned to speak fluent Dutch and very good German. It's difficult to say how many lives Jerry touched but they can be listed in the thousands. He was a magnificent teacher and a precious friend. We who loved him were enriched by his life and forever saddened by his passing, but our spirits are brightened remembering Jerry's infectious laugh and matchless grin.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2008