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Dianne Arline Levy

Dianne Arline Levy died in Vallejo, CA on Sunday October 29th, 2017. She fought bravely against metastatic breast cancer for 9 years. She was born June 24, 1943 in San Francisco, CA to William James (Brolly) Levy and Florence Sophie (Adams) Levy.

She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Adams Hewett, and her 3 elder brothers, Gary Levy Richard Levy, Clark Woods. Dianne was 5th generation San Franciscan, and ensured her daughter was 6th. She had a deep love for the city, grew up in the Haight, Mission and Outer Mission Districts, attended Balboa High School, and graduated at 16, showing early on her passion for learning, intelligence and work ethic.

She went on to study at University of California Berkeley and took comparative literature at University of Oxford, England.

Dianne joined the Media Guild circa 1965, working for the San Francisco Chronicle for over 35 years.
She started at Chronicle Books, and moved into the Promotions Department. She also did editing, was a published photographer and writer.

During her tenure she interviewed the likes of John Travolta, Stockard Channing, and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. Some of her most memorable years were spent sharing offices with the founders of Might Magazine, David Moodie, Marny Requa and Dave Eggers.

She organized and headed Chronicle sponsored events like the Great Outdoors Adventure Fair and 4th of July celebrations; including the Fireworks on the San Francisco Bay. She also threw some sensational Chronicle Christmas parties at historical and artistic venues, notably the Legion of Honor Museum of Fine Arts.

Dianne founded the Chronicle's Season of Sharing Fund. She was a humanitarian and loved giving back to her city of birth. Equally a friend of the environment, she was apart of the rescue of the Tatshenshini River, assisted in fund raising for international animal rescues, and donated regularly to The World Wildlife Fund.

Dianne was a world traveler, taking her daughter to 25 countries and visiting a few more on her own. She was a travel photographer, writer painter, illustrator, clothing designer, jewelry designer, website designer... truly an artist in many mediums. She spent her later years in website design and dabbling in publishing.

Her most notable site was the Maritime Heritage Project, started in 1998. A non-profit historical research site dedicated to sea captains and their voyages. From this impressive body of work, she earned an invitation to join the San Francisco branch of The Naval Order of the United States. Her love of the sea came from her great-great grand-dad, Master Mariner, Captain James H. Blethen. She spent many years on the bay as an avid kayaker, and formed a special relationship with Sea Trek in Sausalito. Their open ocean kayaking trip in Baja was one of her fondest memories.

To reminisce on these and other stories, please join her family on Friday December 1st, 2017 at Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon, CA. The service starts at 2 pm, refreshments and shared memories will be available until 6 pm.

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Donations in Dianne's name may be made to The World Wildlife Fund.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2017
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