RICHARD LEVINE
LEVINE--Richard. The Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian mourn the untimely passing, following a tragic bicycle accident, of Richard U. Levine, MD, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and an obstetrician- gynecologist at NYP. Dr. Levine arrived at our academic medical center in 1968 and spent the rest of his professional life here where he was widely renowned as an innovative clinician and surgeon, a beloved colleague and mentor, and an empathic and insightful practitioner. He was one of the pioneers in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, leading to better outcomes for those with a wide array of diagnoses. A gifted teacher, he helped train generations of accomplished physicians who will carry on his legacy in their thoughtful, caring treatment of patients. Dr. Levine was also an extraordinary ambassador for his department, serving as Vice Chair for Development and helping to raise our profile and secure the financial support vital to our continuing work in service of our patients. And his influence was felt far beyond his own discipline in his service as president of our faculty practice organization from 2005 until 2011. We offer our deepest condolences to his family. P. Roy Vagelos, MD, Chair, Columbia University Irving Medical Center Board of Advisors; Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Chief Executive, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Mary D'Alton, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief, NewYork- Presbyterian; Jerry I. Speyer, Chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian; Steven J. Corwin, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian

Published by New York Times on Apr. 19, 2020.
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I am still missing my favorite doctor but i am sure that his family still grieves the loss of such a warm and competent man. We pass through this life but once but what we do here counts. Dr levine certainly will always be remembered by the lives he touched.
Rose marie Garnier
Acquaintance
April 14, 2021
On this first anniversary of Dt. Levine’s death, I want to say that I am still grieving and will never forget him. He was a doctor like no other. I will miss him forever.
Joan Leshnick
Friend
April 13, 2021
Although a year has passed, my memories and gratefulness for the 50+ years that dr Levine was my physician and my friend will never end. He is one of the reasons I am here today. He was a treasure, and my well wishes go out to his family. God bless.
Terese Goble
Friend
April 13, 2021
I have been a patient for over 26 years. I cant begin to tell you how I loved him. He loved his wife and sons so much. He was so proud of his family. When he heard I was divorcing he always checked up on me. I am so very sorry. Ellen I am in the same industry but in sales his face would light up every time he spoke of your next project. He LOVED you! Im so sorry
Jackie Cruz
Friend
June 13, 2020
Dr. Levine was my doctor for almost 40 yrs. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death. He was talking about retiring the last time I saw him, but he really loved what he did. He always provided excellent advice and care and I will miss him and I am sorry not to have had an opportunity to thank him one last time. My deepest condolences to his wife and family; he spoke of all of you often.
Kathleen Grima
May 31, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Ellen and family. When I joined Columbia Presbyterian medical Center in1977, I was impressed by the care he provided to his patients. We discussed at length about our mutual interest in teaching medical students, younger generation. He pursued his dedication to the medical profession all throughout. He will be greatly missed. We have lost a true doctor.

laxmi baxi
Coworker
May 23, 2020
I was a patient of Dr. Levine for 45 years. I always felt that I was much more than a patient, as I found in Dr. Levine a trusting friend. He took a genuine interest in my entire well being and that of every member of my family. He delivered all four of our children, and our daughter became his patient as well.

If I ever had a medical challenge my first call was always to Dr. Levine for his advice and referral. All my procedures were scrutinized by his watchful eyes, care, and concern. He insisted that I have all my blood work, scans, and any other necessary tests were done in his hospital, in his labs, with his personally chosen technicians. Dr. Levine never left a stone unturned which one day saved my life.

Going for an appointment was looked forward to with anticipation as if going to visit with family. In these times of modern medicine, Dr. Levine was a rarity. He truly cared, and it showed in every way. He will be sorely missed by me and all those whose lives he touched.

I am eternally grateful and humbled to have had him as my physician and ultimately my friend.

Renee Klugmann
Renee Klugmann
Friend
May 19, 2020
I was so shocked and sad to read about Dr. Levine's sudden death. He was my doctor for 37 years and was surely responsible for saving my life and giving me my two most precious daughters which made him therefore just about the most important person in my adult life.
I first met Dr Levine as a recently married DES patient very eager to start having children. I was so luckily referred to him by the doctor who had been expecting to perform surgery on me the following day. He had just met Dr Levine and discussed my case with him. Dr Levine said he could save me from the surgery and preserve my ability to have children. My cervix was malformed and precancerous from the DES, but he treated it less invasively and watched me very closely.
After this last minute reprieve, Dr Levine became my ob/gyn and saw me safely through 2 very high risk pregnancies (with extensive bed rest) and somewhat premature deliveries. Except for minor and soon resolved issues, my daughters were fine and so wonderful. Dr Levine also helped me through infertility in order for me to have my second daughter five years after the first.

However when my second daughter was only one year old, Dr Levine decided that despite all his treatments and attentive care, I needed to have a hysterectomy for cervical cancer. I fought that so hard because I wanted to have another child, but after crying hysterically in his office, I finally agreed and that truly saved my life because after the surgery and the radiation in 1992, I was cured.
In recent years, I continued to see Dr Levine every six months so he could check on me. I had been in December and can't believe that the appointment I have with him in June will now not take place. At every visit, as many of his other patients have written, we spent most of our time catching up on our families and other acquaintances especially babies that he had delivered 30 years ago. He always seemed to remember every detail. At my last visit, after he entered the room with his usual friendly smile, we discussed my older daughter's recent wedding and the careers of two of her friends who were also Dr Levine's babies. While I lay on the examining table, he googled one of them for more details. What other doctor would be like this? When my younger daughter had a baby 2 years ago, she was delivered by a doctor she had met maybe once. It was an extremely unpleasant and traumatizing experience which I'm sure she wishes she could forget. Yet when she was born early on an Easter Sunday, Dr Levine rushed back from a brief trip home after being at the hospital all the previous night and made sure he was there to deliver her safely right after he arrived.

As I read through the entries his other patients had sent in while I tried to think about what I would say, I found that so many of them had similar memories and thoughts, and although I do not know any of the members of this virtual fan club, I feel very connected to them. And I do like to think, as one person said, that his legacy lives on in all the women he helped and children he delivered. This is some consolation for me, and I hope it is also for his family. I know he loved his wife and sons and grandchildren so much and was so proud of them. I am truly sorry that they will now not have more time with him. My daughters and my husband also send their condolences.

Pamela Kenney
May 10, 2020
I have been a patient of Dr. Levine's for 20 years since I moved to New York. He helped me through a couple of tough events and was a wonderful person. I was sad that he was retiring and this news is devastating. He really gave everything he had to his profession.
Sarah
Friend
May 9, 2020
After Dr. Todd delivered my daughter nearly 44 years ago, he recommended Dr. Levine because, in his words, he was young (my age) and would be around for a long time. Unfortunately, that time has now been cut short, but not before I had 44 years of superb medical care, friendship, and expert surgery from the most caring and thoughtful doctor I have ever had. Along the way, he was also my daughter's doctor and delivered my first grandchild before he stopped delivering babies. Along with a host of others, I will miss him dearly.
Ellen Bock
May 9, 2020
I was devastated to hear about Dr. Levine's tragic passing. Dr. Levine has been my doctor for over 45 years which is a complete rarity and testament to his professionalism. I started seeing Dr. Levine in my teens as my mother took DES during her pregnancy. Dr. Levine has always been a personable, down to earth, caring, compassionate man. A truly special Doctor. He was also a hip, cool, classy guy. He had the best socks in town which he always proudly reminded me were from his son's sock company. Dr. Levine will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Dr. Levine's beautiful wife, sons, and family.
Jodi Cohen
May 9, 2020
He was the best possible MD...my first OB/GYN was Duane Todd , then DR Levine, and now my daughter and 2 granddaughters were also patients. We all miss him and he will continue to be in our memory
Barbara Bellin-Brenner
Friend
May 9, 2020
When I received a letter from Columbia Doctors, ob/gyn I was sure it was Dr Levines official notice of retirement. It was shocking to read that he passed away! He always mentioned his home upstate, it seemed to be his happy place. Im absolutely devastated. Dr Levine has been my dr for 34 years. He delivered 2 out of 3 of my precious gifts. During my pregnancies and deliveries and thereafter, I was grateful for Dr Levines calm and reassuring presence. A brilliant diagnostician and doctor, compassionate and kind human, Dr Levine will be missed and is a huge loss to the medical community, his family and all who knew him.
Rosalie
May 8, 2020
There are no words to express the deep sadness I am feeling since hearing about Dr. Levines sudden passing. Dr. Levine was my OB/GYN for forty years. I loved him like he was family, trusted him as a friend, and respected and valued his opinion as my amazing doctor. He took care of me throughout thirteen pregnancies, made it to eleven of those deliveries (two were off weekends), a few miscarriages and some other female medical issues. He was a very unique and gifted physician. He knew how to make you feel comfortable when you were anxious, calm when you were nervous, and most unbelievable of all: he had a way of making you feel like his most important, special, and favorite patient. I now realize thats what made him such a wonderful doctor, because he made every single one of his patients feel that way. I will forever miss his humor, sensitivity, warmth, and compassion. I am truly devastated! My heartfelt deepest condolences to his lovely wife Ellen, whom I always heard him speak of with such pride, and his two sons. I know how proud he was of them and their families.
Judy Berger
May 8, 2020
A doctor like Dr.Levine comes along just once in your lifetime. He was my doctor for 45 years through both life's joys and sorrows. I am devastated by his passing. He was the most dedicated, kind, compassionate physician imaginable. He was one of a kind. I dont know of anyone who ever had a doctor like Dr. Levine. Therefore, no one I know can even begin to understand my devastation. I am so grateful that I had Dr.Levine in my life for 45 years through breast cancer(which he discovered), death of a grown child, and my late age hysterectomy. My heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Levine's family.
Joan Leshnick
Friend
May 7, 2020
Dr. Levine performed my complicated fibroid surgery back in 2006 keeping me calm and assured with his humorous anecdotes. I kept him as my physician while flying back and forth from Omaha for 12 years. He just a lovely lovely man and most trusted physician. I miss him already.
Jenny Keith
May 7, 2020
I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Dr. Richard Levine. Dr Levine was one of a kind. I will always remember his laughter, his presence and his kind demeanor. I remember my last conversation with him begging him never to retire. I told him his patients really need him. I see I am not the only one who feels such deep sorrow. The last visit I had with him I had blood drawn. My phone rang during the evening hours and I wondered who would be calling me so late. Well to my surprise it was Dr. Levine. I asked him why he was calling me so late, his response was he didn't want me to worry so much. He had waited for my results to come back. That was Dr. Levine, kind and caring. He spoke so highly about his wife Ellen and children. My prayers are with you all right now.
Rita Fitzmaurice
May 5, 2020
I was shocked by the unfortunate news of his untimely departure. Dr. Levine was my doctor for almost 20 years, he will be missed as he was loved by many, he was such a kind heart he always made me feel special every time I visited him. My deepest condolences to his family and those close to him. May he rest in Heaven.
Glynda Williams
Glynda Williams
Acquaintance
May 5, 2020
I met Dr. Levine when I was pregnant with my son.....I was a high risk pregnancy and my Mom had just passed away from breast cancer almost nine months into my pregnancy. I cannot even being to describe the emotional state I was in when I met him for the first time and as soon as he took my hand, I knew that I had met a real life guardian angel. My son was a beautiful, healthy 8 1/2 pound miracle delivered by a doctor who not only was brilliant but kind, caring and funny.....I've seen him every year for the last 21 years and was always met with a smile and "show me a picture"....the loss to me and every patient he every treated is immeasurable.
Dorothy
Friend
May 5, 2020
DR Levine was a compassionate caring person,who always had time to ease all your concerns ,not just for the females he treated but for their spouses,there friends,there family, . He helped me through a number of difficult life events and i was and i am forever grateful HE was a friend in every sense of the word, and i am saddened by his loss. ID like to send my condolences to his family and friends, As a professional he was someone we all can aspire to be like Baruch dayan ha emet Blessed is the true judge
neal vallins
Friend
May 5, 2020
I am crushed to hear this incredibly sad news of Dr. Levine whos been my doctor for nearly a decade. I always enjoyed the side conversations about what was on view at the museums and such. He was such a kind person and I will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. What a significant loss for so many.
Amy Donaldson
Acquaintance
May 4, 2020
Dr. Levine was the best doctor Ive had the pleasure to meet. He was my doctor for 13 years. He took interest in his patients lives and always treated you with kindness and respect.
Brelinda Snoddy
Acquaintance
May 4, 2020
Brelinda Snoddy
May 4, 2020
Like so many I see here, I have been a patient of Dr. Levine's for decades. I am deeply saddened by this loss for his family, his colleagues and the medical community, and myself. It pains me that I will not see him again. I relied on his guidance and trusted him completely. I will hold his memory in my heart.
Elizabeth Montgomery
May 4, 2020
Not only was Dr. Levine a great doctor, he was a great person with much compassion. I remember when my husband passed away he called me at home to give his condolences. He delivered my first grandson and for the past 26 years asked about him on our annual appointments. I will miss him immensely. My heart goes out to his wife and sons at this time.
Patti ODonnell
May 3, 2020
Today I heard I had lost not only my dear Dr of almost 50 Years, but my friend and confidant Richard Levine. Dr. L. helped me through some bad times, some medical i.e. cancers, but also personal such as divorce and family problems by being a great listener when it was needed. We shared a love of skiing out west and spent much time talking about this sport with his family . I thank God for having him as my Dr. for so many years, and my heart goes out to his wife and family who while I never met them, felt as if I did. Rest In Peace dear Richard.
Terese Goble
Friend
May 3, 2020
I am so upset to hear that Dr. Levine died in a bike accident. He has been my doctor for almost thirty years. He was kind, compassionate and easy going. I will certainly miss him! Prayers to his family and loved ones.
Alisa
May 3, 2020
I just received a letter from Dr Mary DAlton informing me of Dr Levines passing. I am devastated! Dr. Levine was my GYN for almost 40 years. He saved my life December 2009 by discovering I had Cancer of the Uterus. He was a wonderful caring person and I will miss him greatly. I had an appointment April1, 2020 which was canceled due to Covid. So sorry I did not get to see him. Dr Levin his wife Ellen , sons and family are in my prayers.
Barbara
May 3, 2020
The first time I saw Dr. Levine was in the spring of 1980. He cared for me through 3 pregnancies and delivered 2 of my children. He was my sisters physician as well as my daughters physician . Every time I saw him he asked about my children and my husband. We talked about many things including commonalities with work. He was loving, caring and dedicated. I will keep him in my heart always.
Karen Hohlman
May 3, 2020
Erika Cartagena
May 3, 2020
I am so deeply saddened by Dr. Levine's passing. I became his patient in 1985 starting at his office in New Jersey and then saw him twice a year from 1985 to 2015. He was a steady and compassionate physician whom I could always trust to take care of me and a steady presense in my life through jobs, boyfriends, and aging. Almost like a family member to me. I mourn this loss and extend my love to you at this difficult time.
Elizabeth Hoffmann
May 3, 2020
On Thanksgiving Day in 1992, I called Dr Levine who had been my obgyn since the '70s, to tell him I was not feeling well. I was very scared as I was pregnant, 40 years old and had just had my amnio that Monday. He told me to head directly to the ER. By the time I arrived I was very ill and terrified. The staff was stumped. Suddenly Dr Levine appeared! He had come to help me instead of traveling with his family to enjoy his own Thanksgiving dinner. Within minutes he had correctly diagnosed me with having appendicitis! Everyone else had missed it! If he had not been such a brilliant and caring doctor, I might have lost my beautiful son. I shall be forever grateful to him. My heart goes out to his family for this tragic loss. And each Thanksgiving I will continue to remember him and thank him for what he did for me, my son and for my whole family.
Terry deGroat
May 3, 2020
Dr. Levine was my OB/GYN for over 25 years. He also treated my mother, and daughter, as she became an adult. Through his exceptional ability to respond to each patient empathically, and provide individualized care over the years, he maintained a legacy as an unparalleled physician. His memory will forever live in our hearts.
Anastasia Fontana
Acquaintance
May 3, 2020
Dr. Levine was my doctor for the past five years. At the end of each checkup, he would always ask me if I was happy, and it meant so much to me. He was an excellent doctor who knew what mattered in life, and he will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Acquaintance
May 2, 2020
I am so saddened by this tragic news. I just received the letter from Columbia, and my heart is broken. Dr. Levine was one of my favorite people. I started going to Dr Levine when I was 14. 35 years later, I can most confidently say, he knew me...truly knew me. He took the TIME to get to know me. Over the years, he learned more and more about my little world...He knew about my parents, my boyfriends, my friendships, and all of the drama that attached itself to all of my relationships. I think I made him laugh, because of my drama/passion for life. Dr Levine eventually helped me bring my son, Aidan (18) into the world, and spent a good amount of time getting to know my husband. He was good to us. I am so very sorry for this very great loss. I know that if he got to know me the way he did, he probably got to know all of his loyal patients in the same manner. I trusted Dr Levine, and on more then one occasion he helped me, make myself an even better person. I pray for comfort for his stunning wife, handsome sons and beautiful grandchildren. I offer my most sincere condolences, with sadness and sympathy for his adoring family. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.
Jennifer
Friend
May 2, 2020
The best doctor hands down! I have been a patient of Dr. Levine for 25 years. I was just at his office in February and after my checkup, we laughed and were reminiscing about stories throughout the years. He will truly be missed and my heart will hurt for a very long time.
MJ Pedone
May 2, 2020
I have been a patient of Dr. Levines for 40 years. We always chatted about my family as well as his beautiful wife and children and grandchildren. He truly was a remarkable doctor and I am heartbroken to learn this. I hope his wife sees this and know that we talked about your accomplishments often. He was always so proud of his family. I will miss seeing him this December in what I knew was our last visit as he was going to retire and Im sure garden away.
Sindy Cutler
May 2, 2020
Dr Levine was my doctor, as he was for so many, for over 40 years. To say I am saddened and devastated is not even enough. He delivered my two high risk, now adult kids, cared about my family as it went through babies, teens, divorce, and my healthcare needs. He so deserved to see his retirement celebration and years, he gave so much to the clinical community and his patients. My greatest sympathy to his wife, Ellen and his sons. He surely will be missed....by those fortunate enough to have known him.
Beth Barber
Friend
May 2, 2020
Smart with the best social skills. Truly intersted in his patients. Took the time to talk. Good sense of humor. He will be missed by me.
Rose Garnier
Friend
May 2, 2020
SueAnn Cottoy
May 2, 2020
I was a patient of Dr Levine for almost ten years. He was a man of integrity, filled with compassion and understanding, warm and friendly. He did not hesitate to answer all my questions and put my mind at ease while doing so. I recently visited his office and he was excited about his upcoming retirement. He said he was looking forward to spending the time with his family whom he loved and adored. I am grateful that I was able to thank him for his years of service. To his family, I would like to extend my deepest condolences. May he enjoy his heavenly retirement. Rest easy, Dr. Levine, God bless
SueAnn Cottoy
May 2, 2020
I am in shock. Dr. Levine has been my gyn for over 30+ years. He's taken me from dating, to marriage through menopause (yes, I said it). He was the first to diagnose my bf with a rare form of gynecologic cancer in 1999. She passed 9 months later. And every time I visited him, we talked a bit about her. I trusted him. He treated me. I thought he would retire soon, but not like this. When I went to journalism school later in life, he was amused to talk about it. My blessings to his family and especially to his wife, Ellen (whose work I admire).
Angela Macropoulos
May 2, 2020
Anastasia Fontana
May 2, 2020
What a wonderful person, truly a privilege to know. Because of his skill and encouragement, we were blessed with six wonderful children, all high risk, including two sets of twins. He so enjoyed hearing about them and seeing their pictures over the years. He remained my doctor for over 40 years. He will always be thought of warmly. He made an impact on so many lives. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, children and grandchildren, of whom he spoke so fondly.

Lois McCabe Morelli
May 1, 2020

Lois Morelli
Friend
May 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I am a patient of Dr. Levine since 1975 when I was 16 years old. Dr. Levine has been a part of my entire life. Marriage, delivered both my 2 sons, and growing into my senior years. When I had my appointments with him my husband would come with me and after the visit he would tell me to go bring my husband in the office and we would all talk about what's going on in our lives, my sons, my husbands career, his farm and vegetables and tractor. We also have a farm in New York State and Dr. Levine and my husband would compare talk about tractors and what they did at their farms. It has been in my mind to call the office the arrange an appointment with him. I am in shock of this devastating news. He was a wonderful man with a lot of energy. I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace Dr. Levine
Donna Moore
Friend
May 1, 2020
This is heartbreaking. Dr. Levine was my OB/GYN for over 30 years. I came to his practice because he was trained by the doctor who delivered my sonsDr. W. Duane Todd, who had retired. Dr. Levine loved to talk show biz with meso much so that at my last visit when I let him know I was in a rush and didnt have time to chat he called later that evening to dish. Sending condolences to his wife Ellen and his family. So grateful for every day!
Patricia Simon
May 1, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Levines passing. I am so upset. He was more than just a doctor. He cared for you like you were family. Mrs. Levine he spoke so highly of you he was very special to me and my husband . May he Rest In Peace.
PATRICIA SPAGNUOLO
Friend
May 1, 2020
Dr. Levine was a skilled OBGYN and has been a part of my life for thirty years. He was caring, compassionate and always had a smile on his face. I just learned of his tragic passing when I was notified by mail today. My heart breaks for his beloved wife and children. Praying his family finds peace in the days to come.
Pamela McClure
Friend
May 1, 2020
Dr. Levine was the best Gyn doctor ever and I will miss him terribly. My condolences to his family and friends
Takisha Carr
Friend
April 29, 2020
Dr. Levine was my physician for over 25 years. He delivered both my high risk babies - 7 years apart. I will always remember his kind, caring and patient bedside manner. He will be remembered so fondly by very many. A virtual hug to his family. Carol Aferiat
Carol Aferiat
Acquaintance
April 28, 2020
Its A Wonderful Life

Because you were there-children were born; families created and lives were saved.
Because you were there-people will thrive,love,and laugh-touched unknowingly by your force. They will carry your legacy throughout generations and never even know your name-but we will. Those of us who knew and loved you most certainly will.
The chain reaction of your life is infinite.
Thank you Dr. Richard U Levine
Meredith Chase-Boyd
Meredith Chase-Boyd
April 28, 2020
I have been a patient of dr Levine for quite some time he was the most caring and general doctor.. I saw him when i had medical issues and continued treatment once year.. I was very sadden today when I heard the news.. he will be missed by all and always in my heart forever..❤Xoxoxo
Lisa Bartolomeo
Daughter
April 28, 2020
I had a virtual visit with Dr. Levine on April 7, 2020. We joked about the state of our hair as we each sat out the quarantine in our homes. He seemed happy to be on the farm with his wife, Ellen. After being his patient for 35 years, starting when i was a teenager, we had the easy rapport of family. After discussing medical business, he asked after my sister and mom, both patients of his. We spoke fondly of Steven Odrich, the awesome opthamologist whom Dr. Levine referred me to and who I also have great respect and admire. We were all like a medical family, with Dr. Levine as the patriarch. The last thing we spoke about on the video visit was his upcoming retirement. We agreed not to talk about it until our scheduled July visit. Too sad. Despite this shocking, unimaginable loss, I am so glad I got to see him one more time. All of us know he is irreplaceable. Now we will carry him with us in thoughts and deeds. My deepest, heartfelt condolences to his family.
Laura Marino
April 27, 2020
I don't know what to say. Dr. Levine was a phenomenal doctor who truly cared about his patients. I will truly miss him. Much love to Dr. Levine's family.
Mary Warden
April 27, 2020
Richard was one of my really close friends at the Steakhouse I always looked forward to seeing him and his wife Ellen, they always had a fun, outgoing, full of life personality! They were always a pleasure to talk to and catch up with. I would love to see them, they were all around just great people. And Richard was just an awesome person he got to know me and my family and in return I got to know him and his family. I also got to try his homemade one of a kind ice cream, which in my opinion was the best around.My deepest condolences and my prayers go out to you and your family Richard!!! I didnt see you as just a customer of mine or a local, but as someone that I could talk to, and a family member, this really made me sad and Im sorry my friend I wish I could have got another chance to see you.. I will always have our conversation to remember you by my friend......
George Mayer
Friend
April 26, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Levine's passing. I had first gone to see him because of concerns about my mother having consumed liver while she was pregnant. He assured me that she was a great sleuth, but there was nothing to be worried about.
Ultimately, as it turned out Dr. Husami, my OB/GYM was out of the country when our daughter was ready to be delivered. Dr. Levine was there, and he was great! His gentle and calm demeanor made it easy.
My prayers and condolences to the family.
Carol Blakeslee (1991)
Carol and Blakeslee
April 26, 2020
To Ellen and Richard's loving family-I am so very sorry to hear that Richard has passed away. I so enjoyed working with him in OB/GYN. He was smart, funny, light- hearted and so very dedicated to those he cared for and worked with. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Cheryl Healton
Cheryl Healton
April 26, 2020
I learned of the passing of Dr Levine late last night and I am devastated. Dr Levine was my dr for the past 46 years and I adored him ... I was introduced to him because of my exposure to DES originally. Dr Levine was my HERO. He gave me the confidence that I will have children one day after I had a miscarriage initially and literally had me see him weekly during my next two pregnancies that went full term. I will never forget one visit I arrived late due to traffic and Dr Levine waited for me. he was on his way to a gala and walked in to the examination room wearing a tuxedo. That is the dedication that Dr Levine had for his patients. I will forever be grateful to his love and compaasiion to me and my family. The past few years during my appts we would discuss his home in the country. he was so proud of his garden and property in the country but his true love was his family....He was so proud of his sons and his love and admiration for his wife Ellen was so apparent. A true love affair....
With so much sadness I send my love.
Ivy Duneier


Dr Levine. Thank you.
Ivy Duneier
April 26, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Doctor Levine. He was a wonderful, competent and caring physician. We are so thankful to him as his expertise is largely responsible for the lives and good health of our three daughters. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family.
Randee Rubenstein
April 24, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Dr Levine's passing. He has been my doctor since I was 18 years old and I am now 62. I trusted him and loved him for his kindness and compassion. I had my first child at the age of 40 and Dr. Levine always said I was his miracle. He will be deeply missed by me and my family and my sincere and loving condolences to his wife and sons.
Dianne Morelli
April 24, 2020
I was so sad to hear of Dr. Levine's passing. He was my Doctor for over 20 years, he was the best and i will miss him. Sending prayers and love to his family as well as his wonderful staff.
Jenifer Stewart
April 24, 2020
My sincere sympathy to his family. I am shocked and saddened. He will be so missed by all his patients.
Nancy Wood
April 23, 2020
I remember you as one of the coolest people I have worked with. I will always hold as a memory the beautiful ties and socks you used to wear.. SIP Dr. Levine you will be missed by quite a lot of people . My condolences to your family may the find comfort and peace from your untimely passing
A H
Coworker
April 23, 2020
im so sad to hear that dr levine passed away ,he has been my dr for over 40 years ,he was terrific and i always knew he was their for me i had just seen him 2 weeks before his accident this is a great loss and i will miss him i send my condolences to his dear wife and 2 sons and their families
gloria young
April 23, 2020
Ellen Levine was my boss and mentor for years, and I had the pleasure of meeting Dick on several occasions. I also had my first child at his practice; patients saw each doctor there at least once, and I remember that my consultation with him consisted mostly of magazine gossip. Ellen regularly quoted Dick at the office, particularly in regard to anything having to do with women's health. He was a renowned doctor in his own right, but he also served as an unofficial consultant for Redbook and Good Housekeeping. They were a beautiful couple, inside and out, and I mourn his death and the tragic loss to Ellen and their boys.
Ellen Seidman
April 22, 2020
Yes, it sounds insane, but I did change my OB/GYN at the last week of pregnancy with Ellen because my previous doc was horrible and just wanted to cut me open. Thanks for my dear friend Spencer (Saint #1), who listened to me crying and suggested me to call his amazing mother Ms. Daria Myers (Saint #2), who connected me to the respective Dr. Richard U. Levine (Saint #3), Ellen was born healthily and joyfully.

We are grateful and forever owe Dr. Levine's team for safely bringing our first bundle of joy to the world.

It was extremely sad when my friend Spencer told me this morning that Dr. Levine unfortunately and untimely passed away a few days ago (my Spencer was so kind that he held the sad news after my birthday). Though Dr. Levine, Shane, and I spent only 20 minutes together (Dr. Levine quickly arranged a solid team to deliver Ellen), Dr. Levine impressed us with not only outstanding medical professionalism but also passion, wisdom, kindness and, more important, friendliness. Shane and I were nervous to meet Dr. Levine once we learned about his crest role in the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and epitome in the medical world. We expected to meet a medical god who might talk us down, as shown in many movies and the real life. Out of our surprise, Dr. Levine talked to us so softly like old friends. He was very humble and patiently answered our concerns. Nothing could calm a worried mother more quickly than a physician who could quickly resolve medical issues with patience, kindness and friendliness. Yet, Dr. Levine made it happen like a magician.

I cried in joy when Dr. Levine hugged me and said, "Everything would be ok." I felt like (and still do!) the luckiest person when a world-class clinician took a great care of my health (and sadly, not many people have the same privilege). I am so lucky that I have met an amazing person (thanks again to my amazing Spencer and his equally awesome mom). We will miss you forever, Dr. Levine.
Louise Ryoo
April 22, 2020
I am heartbroken over the passing of Dr. Levine. Dr. Levine has been my doctor for over 30 years and has gotten me through so many difficult times. Rest In Peace Dr. Levine.
Mary Plate
April 22, 2020
So sad to hear of Dr Levine's passing. He delivered my daughter almost 30 years ago and for that I will be forever grateful. Condolences to his wife and family
Paula Dory
April 22, 2020
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of my former boss. He was an amazing doctor and amazing teacher. My heartfelt sympathies to Ellen, his sons, daughters in law and grandchildren.
Patricia Reilly
April 22, 2020
I was referred to Dr. Levine by a dear friend after being told that I needed major surgery by two different GYNs. I still remember him telling me, "We don't remove anything unless we have to." For the years I was his patient (I moved out of NYC in 2014), I always felt I could challenge him if I wasn't comfortable with a course of testing/treatment. And, thanks to him, no major surgery occurred. I always enjoyed my appointments, which were filled with lively conversation. The subjects ranged from his farm to films to spiritual stones to current events. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.
leslie j yerman
April 22, 2020
I met Dr. Levine the day he saved my best friends life 40 years ago. His professionalism, candor and most of all his caring was so evident that day, which kept us all calm during her emergency surgery. I remember my friend taking off her rings and handing them to me before going into surgery and then hours later Dr Levine coming out and saying "you can now go in now and give Deb back her rings!" That day he gave me back my best friend! Recently Dr. Levine has been treating me for a prolapsed uterus and bladder and found a way to keep me out of the operating room. He was not only a fabulous doctor he was a great listener. I will miss my visits with him and will always be thankful for his sharp mind, and timely wit. Rest in Peace Dr Levine.
Gail Job
April 22, 2020
It was a privilege to be Dr. Levine's patient for over 45 years. Early on, I learned to trust his medical judgment and felt safe as his skill and compassion guided me through the birth of my two sons as well as other medical issues. He never disappointed me.
His loss is immeasurable. Rest in peace, dear Dr. Levine.
Linda Boatti
April 22, 2020
Please accept my deepest condolences
ana jacobo
April 22, 2020
I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Levine's bicycle accident. My sympathy goes out to Ellen and his wonderful family, of which he was very proud.
Dr. Levine was an excellent OB/GYN physician and advocate for women/women's health. Dr. Levine was my mentor when I was a 3rd year in medical school at P&S as I began to consider OB/GYN as my career choice. I spent a month with Dr. Levine during my 4th year sub-internship. We were so busy seeing 40 patients a day in the office and we had many had long days in the OR. We rounded on weekends. I can hear him now in my head, quizzing me on pelvic anatomy, PCOS, dysfunctional bleeding, and stages of labor. We never stopped for lunch! He reminded me to stand up straight, work hard, walk fast, stay organized and finish your notes. I saw my first ectopic pregnancy with him, met my first ovarian cancer patient, delivered my first IUFD with Dr. Levine. He had a special confidence within which led to trust in his patient relationships. I matched at P&S and the breadth of knowledge and extensive experience led me to a busy and fulfilling career in OB/GYN for over 20 years. I love my job, have formed may friendships with colleagues, and have had hundreds of long nights in L&D.
Thank you Dr. Levine! Thank you for your teaching, your advice, your laugh. Thank you for sharing your career and your time, opening your office and your home to the OB/GYN residents. You will be remembered and missed by many!
Anne Michels
April 21, 2020
Dick wasn't my Doctor, but a long-time friend of my husband Howard and I. We met him through his beautiful and talented wife Ellen and the four of us became good friends. When Ellen & Dick found their wonderful country house we were delighted it was so near ours. The first time we visited Dick said to me, Carter, come I want to show you something! I followed him to an old barn and inside was the most
beautiful vintage tractor! Dick loved that tractor and the next time we visited I brought him an old toy tractor I had picked up at a flea market! Dick loved it and started a collection of his own. I like to picture him riding his old tractor in the fields of Heaven.
Oh , Ellen, you and Dick were such amazing partners, lovers, parentsHuman Beings who cared about our world from top to bottom! His spirit will always be with us! Love, Carter & Howard
Mary Randolph Carter Berg
April 21, 2020
I am so sorry about the loss of Dick Levine, husband of my good friend and work pal Ellen for forty years and through Ellen a friend on his own for more than thirty. Dick took it upon himself to make certain that two of our grandchildren got special care and attention at birth. He will be much missed by his hundreds of grateful patients, his devoted wife and two exceptional sons.
Carey Winfrey
April 21, 2020
I was shocked and am profoundly saddened at the untimely death of Dr. Levine. I was his patient for 41 years and as a DES daughter I saw him every six months, or more. I knew he was always there for me. I will miss him greatly, as I knew I would with his pending retirement. I will miss his humor, our conversations which covered myriad topics, but always his family; his beloved wife, his children and grandchildren. When he learned that I was doing cabaret acts, he would have me sing during visits and sometimes, sang along - albeit not well - as he would admit, except he said when he was skiing and he said he sang well then. This example is yet another thing that made him unique. My deepest condolences to his family. My condolences also to his staff. There are some people in our lives whose presence changes us and provides us with memories we will cherish forever. He is one.
Marie Sassi
April 21, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about Dr. Levine's death; he was a wonderful doctor, and especially solicitous because I was over 40 at the time my son was born. Dr. Levine and my husband, who was chief veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, had a great conversation while waiting for me to deliver (the Bronx Zoo elephant had been born only a few hours before) and ended up combining their areas of expertise by collaborating on the treatment of a gorilla at the zoo. My deepest sympathies to his family and former colleagues.
Barbara Dolensek
April 21, 2020
I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dr. Levine. He had been my doctor for the past 30 years - except for when I had my daughter. He had stopped practicing obstetrics at that point, and sent me to another doctor in the practice when I was pregnant. I went running back to his practice as soon as she was born. There was no doctor on this planet comparable to Dr. Levine - the time he took at each appointment to catch up with every aspect of my life was always mind-boggling to me. His ability to recall stories I shared with him over the past 3 decades was stunning. He was a rare breed of physician who actually cared about his patients, and took the time to get to know everything about them. And his compassion led him to share his own stories too; his love and admiration of everything his wife Ellen did came up at every one of my appointments. He was a remarkable person who will be missed terribly.
Erika Josephson-Heise
April 21, 2020
I don't think I would be alive if Richard Levine had not rushed down the hill late one night 40 years ago to Englewood Hospital to perform an emergency C-section to save my son's life and mine. I was a case of complete placenta separation--his first and I hope his last. He visited everyday and the nurses would swoon, not only because of his good looks but more because of his consideration of them, which they found extraordinary. At my first office visit, he told my mother, laughingly, that I was responsible for the grey in his hair.
Richard Levine was so kind, so generous and witty. Ellen and he were leaders in our small community as well as in their spheres writ large.
Richard Levine was the consummate doctor and my hero. No one can come close, as everyone who knew him knows.
When I learned of his death, my breath was taken away. Ellen, Peter and Daniel, I am so sorry that there will not be more years with your very wonderful husband and father.
My very heartfelt condolences,

Briggs Larkin
April 20, 2020
Dr. Levine was my doctor for the past 25 years. He provided the best of care and support - helping me navigate to the best doctors when I needed the resources. He would often share his wonderful times he had with his family. Dr. Levine will be dearly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I
DMerritt-lish
Acquaintance
April 20, 2020
I wanted to share a story about Dr. Levine's pure sense of compassion. I didn't know Dr. Levine but I did work for his wife Ellen. Almost thirty years ago my husband went to the emergency room at Columbia with kidney stones. He was in terrible pain, and he called me at the office because he had been waiting for hours and hadn't been seen. We were both scared. When Ellen found out, she immediately called Dr. Levine at the hospital and he went to the ER to find my husband (it took a while since he was lying on a gurney in a corridor). He interceded on my husband's behalf and made sure he got the care he needed. Dr. Levine was a very successful, high-profile doctor, and it still astounds me to this day, that he took time out of what must have been a very busy schedule to help a total stranger. I have never forgotten that act of generosity and kindness. My heart goes out to Ellen, to his sons, and to the Columbia community. Dr. Levine made a profound impact on the world and he will be missed.
Sally Lee
April 20, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family, May God,Family & fiends to comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
April 20, 2020
Dr. Levine was my doctor and confidant for about 30 years and he never forgot one tiny detail that I told him about my personal life, about my son, names of partners, work issues, health issues etc. I always was amazed how he kept all his patients straight while being such an excellent doctor. I always felt he cared about me, not as his patient, but as a person. When I read Mary's email, I gasped as I had not heard. He is not a relative but I will miss him more than any relative or friend I've ever had. Go in peace Dr. Levine.
Mary Jean Potenzone
April 20, 2020
Dr. Levine has been my doctor for 35 years and was my mother Joy's doctor for 20 years before she moved to Florida 25 years ago. Every single time he saw me he still asked "How's your mom" - and he genuinely cared about the answer." He took such good care of both of us, delivered my two beautiful daughters, had such genuine compassion and dedication and was a brilliant physician. His staff obviously revered him so I am sure this sudden tragic loss is hard on them. My heart goes out to his wife Ellen, his kids and grandkids - I feel like I know them from 35 years of chats. He will be truly missed and remembered.
Ilissa Sternlicht
April 20, 2020
Dr. Levine was an outstanding individual and the ideal physician-intelligent, caring, and generous with his time and advice. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Tracy Quinn
April 20, 2020
Dr. Levine, though he was not not my doctor, over the past 28 years he selflessly helped me to navigate the ups and downs of my health. Dr. Levine was in the room when my daughter was born on April 19, 2002, just to make sure everything went well. And when I found out I had breast cancer Dr. Levine helped me to find the best doctors, and he would check in on me. I always felt he was in my corner, which, as anyone who has gone through cancer treatment knows, was more valuable to me than anything else a doctor could do.
My heart breaks for Mrs. Levine and for the many people who loved Dr. Levine.
April 20, 2020
It is hard to imagine a world with out Dr. Levine. He became my doctor 40 years ago because my mom went to him for a second opinion about a major surgery. She never needed the surgery, but he was now our doctor. The care and concern he gave to us exemplified one of a great medical mind and more importantly a wonderful human being. When my mom passed away he told me to come in and see him. We know how precious his time was but he spent over an hour talking to me about her and wanted to let me know if I ever needed anything from him he was there for me. He always asked about my life and in turn I always heard about how special his family was to him. He loved his wife, sons and grandkids dearly. My heart and thoughts go out to his family. To say you were lucky to have him doesn't help right now, but boy were you all lucky

My heartfelt condolences.
Valerie Garten
April 20, 2020
Dr. Levine was my doctor for the last 8 years (most of my post college life ). He was patient, caring and kind. Even with a large age discrepancy and sensitive personal content, I felt completely comfortable and cared for by him. I never felt judged, always felt heard and listened to. What a loss. My condolences to his family.
April 20, 2020
I was his patient for over 40 years. We always had great discussions, especially since I live in his hometown. Excellent and caring doctor, proud husband, father and grandfather. I will miss him.
B. G.
April 20, 2020
Dear Ellen and children,

Richard was my doctor for decades and the finest. I will miss him as well all his patients. I was never there for a checkup when he did not proudly give me updates on all of you, the loves of his life. I am so sorry for your loss.
With love, Kathy Goodman
April 20, 2020
I also was one of Dr. Levine's special patients for 40 years. I had two ectopic pregnancies, one year apart from each other and if not for him I wouldn't be here. During my yearly visits we shared many family stories. He was so proud of his wife and her amazing career and his sons and extended family. He was looking forward to chapter two, sharing days with his beloved wife in the mountains. I am grateful to the Levine family for sharing this incredible human being with us all.
My sincere condolences to his wife and family. May he rest in peace.
Deborah Gorga
April 20, 2020
My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his family. He took such great care of me through so many scary issues. I hoped and thought he would live forever-now only in my heart.
Lina
Acquaintance
April 20, 2020
Richard was not only a great physician, but a wonderful husband to Ellen, father to his sons and a cherished and warm friend whose untimely death has deeply shocked and saddened us.
Gerry Fabrikant and Tim Metz
Geraldine Fabrikant
April 20, 2020
I was his patient for almost 40 years. Because of him I was willing to try again to have children. He called me his "poster child" for post-ectopic successful pregnancies. I loved hearing about his family on my yearly visits and his pride in his sons and grandchildren was palpable. My heart goes out to his family. May his memory be for a blessing.
Roberta Solar
April 19, 2020
I was his patient for almost 40 years and because of him I was willing to try again to have children. He called me his "poster child" for post-ectopic successful pregnancies. His pride in his sons and grandchildren was so evident. I so looked forward to our annual visits and to having one more before he retired. My heart goes out to Ellen, Dan, Peter and the entire family. May his memory be for a blessing.
Roberta Solar
April 19, 2020
My wife and I knew Dick and Ellen when we lived near them on weekends. There was no more delightful companion, no warmer friend, no one who better embodied the idea of a mensch, than Dick. Even in this time of so much loss, this is an especially cruel one. If there is solace for his family, it's the knowledge of just how much he was loved by so many
Jeff Greenfield
April 19, 2020
Dr. Levine was our doctor for over 30 years. My mother and I remember him as simply the BEST. He was brilliant, kind, warm and the best doctor we have known. We are so sorry to hear this news. God Bless.
Claudia and Sandra Lloreda
April 19, 2020
Dr. Levine was my ob/gyn for almost 40 years. He delivered my two sons and coming in each year for my annual check up was like a reunion of old friends. We spoke regularly catching up on his family and mine, our mutual ski trips around the country and world, traveling, his foundations, his farm, my work and more. Hearing of his sudden and tragic passing this morning was so shocking. During my last visit last June he told me he was planning to retire this June. I did happen to see him once more since last June when he caught an issue I needed to have looked at and I came in to see him in the Fall. I thought I would be able to see him one more time before he retired. To have worked so hard, for so many, for so long and to be deprived of that luxury just breaks my heart. He was such a perfect candidate for retirement...I knew he would accomplish so much more with his life during that time and enjoy his post-career life with his family immensely. My deepest condolences to his wife and sons and extended family. He talked about you all with such pride, endlessly. Your loss is unimaginable.
Ruby Gottlieb
April 19, 2020
I have been a patient since 1978. He was kind, caring, brilliant, and always made me feel special. He stayed over-night with me in my hospital room many years ago when I was having a mis--carriage. I was a DES patient and he was a pioneer in diagnosing and treatment. He operated on me twice and I am convinced he saved my life on one of those occasions. I am heart-broken and will miss him forever.
Candy Kassover
April 19, 2020
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