ISAAC LEVI

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LEVI--Isaac His family is sad to report the death of Isaac Levi at the age of 88. The eldest son of the first rabbi to serve as a chaplain in the South Pacific in WWII, Levi grew up in New York, Canada, Australia, and Hot Springs, Arkansas where he developed a life-long love for yodeling and the music of Hank Williams. Levi finished his long and distinguished career as the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Columbia University, after stints at The City College of New York and Case-Western Reserve University. The author of seven books and countless articles on decision theory, Levi made a name for himself with his first book, Gambling with Truth. A student of Ernest Nagel at Columbia and a colleague of Sidney Morgenbesser and Henry Kyburg, Levi also served as doctoral advisor to several prominent formal philosophers, including Teddy Seidenfeld, and received an honoray degree from the University of Lund, Sweden. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Judith Rubins Levi, his sons Jonathan and David, his daughter-in-law Stephanie Levi and son-in-law Herve Galbrun, and his grandchildren Rebecca, Gabriel, and Mimi. Burial will be at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY on January 2 at 11am. The family will sit shiva at 25 Claremont Avenue from December 27-January 1 from 3-6pm.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 27, 2018
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