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Robert Jules Levit, Ph.D. Died at his home in Oakland, CA with his wife and children on Thursday May 13, 2010 after a brief illness. He was born on August, 17, 1916 in San Francisco. After graduating from Lowell High School, he attended Stanford, Cal Tech (at which he earned BS and MS degrees in Mathematics), Occidental (at which he earned a General Secondary Teaching Credential for Mathematics and Physics), and UC Berkeley (at which he earned a PhD in Mathematics). He served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the Secretary of Defense for materially aiding in the successful prosecution of the war for the analysis, design and development of cryptographic technologies and tools used to secure and protect Naval communications. After the War, he taught at the Univ. of Georgia as an Assoc. Professor of Mathematics, at MIT as an Assistant Prof. of Math, and at Cal State U, San Francisco first as an Asst. Prof., then as a full Prof. During the mid-1960s, he served as the founding Director of the SF State Computer Center. He retired in 1972, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gianna "Jean" Levit, his three children, Manette (Levit) Gerstle, Arthur Levit, and Miles Levit, as well as twenty-two grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. In deference to his own wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 30, 2010
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