Barbara Ann Levey
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March 7, 1935 - October 29, 2019 Barbara Ann (Cohen) Levey, of Los Angeles, passed away peacefully at home with her family and caregivers by her side on Tuesday, October 29. Barbara was born on March 7, 1935 in Newburgh, NY. She graduated from Newburgh Free Academy High School in 1953. She moved on to Cornell University, where she graduated in 1957 with a major in Zoology. From there, she earned an MD from the State University of New York at Syracuse. Significantly, she was the only woman in her graduating class. However, it was in a Folk Singing class at Cornell in her senior year where she met the love of her life, Gerald Levey, who would become her husband of 58 years. Barbara dedicated her life's work as a Clinical Pharmacologist in a university setting, holding roles at the University of Miami, University of Pittsburgh, where she was also the Dean of Admissions, the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University, and finally spending the last 21 years of her career as Associate Vice Chancellor of Biomedical Affairs, Professor of Medicine (Pharmacology) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), before retiring in 2015. In addition to a highly successful career, Barbara was a loving wife and mother of two. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Dr. Gerald S. Levey of Los Angeles, a son, John Levey and daughter in-law Michele Kersman, of Yardley, PA, a daughter, Robin (Levey) Burkhardt of Van Nuys, 3 grandchildren, Lia, Jaden, and Simon Burkhardt of Van Nuys, a sister in-law, Beverly Cohen, of St. Petersburg, FL, a brother and sister in-law, Robert and Paula Westerman, of Little Silver, NJ, 4 nephews, a niece, and 10 grandnieces and -nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Murray Cohen of St. Petersburg, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Barbara Levey's honor can be directed to the Barbara A. Levey, M.D., and Gerald S. Levey, M.D., Scholarship at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Please make checks out to the UCLA Foundation and note the Levey Scholarship in the memo, these can be mailed to: c/o Emily McLaughlin, UCLA Health Sciences Development, ?10889? ?Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90024?,, ?310-794-4763?

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Nov. 1, 2019.
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February 10, 2020
Dear Gerry. I was shocked and saddened to read today's Emeriti Association newsletter which reported that Barbara had passed. The two of you brought a very productive package to UCLA some twenty years ago and I will always remember Barbara fondly. My deepest condolences to you and to your children who, I am sure,
are comforted by many wonderful memories of a wife and mother of many significant achievements on both the personal and professional sides of her life.
Claudia Mitchell-Kernan
November 3, 2019
Dear John and Michele,

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time with our most sincerest condolences. Your mother was a fascinating person, a woman that was ahead of her time and achieved a lot during her career with a family.

We didn't know your mother however we know you and we've seen the dedication and commitment you've shown over the last years making sure your mother had the best care and comfort. From what we know about you we can tell your mother was a wonderful woman.
Dave and Gisele Minnich
November 3, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Barbara. I know my words cannot fill the void left by Barbara's transition. I pray that your memories of the good stuff of life will sustain you through the your loss.
GraceMarie Butka
November 1, 2019
It was my pleasure to have worked with Dr. Barbara Levey for seven years at UCLA as her assistant.

She was a great Lady and I am missing her and wish her family well.

God bless you all.
O'Ella Pittman-Perry
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