BURTON LEVIN

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LEVIN--Ambassador Burton.

Ambassador Burton Levin, 86, died on October 31, 2016 at home with his family present. He was U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong during negotiations about Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule and U.S. Ambassador to Burma during the 1988 uprisings. After retirement, he directed the HK Asia Society and taught at Carleton College as the SIT Investment Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs. He inspired many to enter a life of public service. He was a man of great wit, self-deprecating humor, and humility. He loved martinis and baseball, preferring the Mets over the Yankees and the Red Sox above all (but never got over the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to Los Angeles). Burt is survived by his wife Lily Lee, son Clifton, daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Patrick Lee-O'Halloran, cherished grand-children, Quinn and Elliot, and by many other loving relatives.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 6, 2016