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Robert Ernest LeLevier


1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Robert Ernest LeLevier Obituary
November 7, 1923 - January 2, 2017 Robert LeLevier passed away peacefully at his home on January 2, 2017, at age 93. Dr. LeLevier was a graduate of UCLA, and an ardent alumni supporter and Bruin sports fan. A physicist with an international reputation, he made marked contributions to technical problems in national security, including nuclear weapon matters, space systems, and submarine security issues. During WWII, he served in the Navy in the battles of Leyte Gulf, Lingayen Gulf, Iwo Jima, & Okinawa. He received all 3 of his degrees from UCLA, graduating with a Ph.D in Theoretical Nuclear Physics in 1951. He began his professional career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and moved to Southern California in 1957 to join the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California. He later became founder and principal of R & D Associates and consulted for various aerospace firms. He also held numerous senior technical positions in industry over the subsequent several decades. He received numerous significant awards, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in November 2000. Robert graduated from Washington High School in L.A. and married his high school sweetheart, Marie, in 1945. They moved to the Palisades in 1957 and he resided in the same home until his recent death. He had a lust for life and loved to be surrounded by friends and family. He had a special relationship with his grandchildren, Zachary and Nicole, having spent many holidays, summers, and special occasions with them in Maui, Alaska, and his home in the Palisades. He was delighted to be a great Grandfather to Emme (age one). We are grateful that he spent a healthy Christmas with his family and grandchildren at home. He will be sorely missed but remembered fondly. Robert was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marie. He is survived by his sons Robert and Jon, daughter Suzanne, son-in-law Gary Joseph, grandchildren Nicole & Zachary, and great Granddaughter Emme. A celebration of his life will be held at his home on January 22. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert's honor online to the chair's discretionary fund in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy. www.giving.ucla.edu/pa
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2017
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