Dr. Michael David Lebowitz passed away suddenly on April 29, 2013. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 21, 1939, and grew up in New York City and California. Mike married Joyce Schmidt in 1960, and they spent a wonderful 52 years together, enjoying the mountains and desert of the Southwest and traveling the world. Mike is survived also by his three children, Kira Lebowitz (Olds) and Jon Lebowitz, both in San Diego; daughter, Debra Darby of Tucson, and grandchildren, Robert Payne, Siobhan and Liam Darby, and Bayley Olds. Mike had a passion for life with a broad range of interests, including gourmet cooking, photography, music, and reading an eclectic mix of books. He had many friends in the community as well as colleagues all over the world as a Professor of Medicine and Public Health. Mike graduated from University of California Berkeley with an A.B. in Psychology in 1961 and a Masters in Biostatistics in 1966. He obtained his PhD in Epidemiology and International Health in 1971 at the University of Washington. He moved to Tucson in 1971 with his young family to work in the pulmonary division at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Mike was instrumental in establishing a program of research on environmental pollutants and their effect on people's lungs, and in setting up the College of Public Health. He was very dedicated to his work and made many important contributions to his field and society. Mike will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to the American Lung Association
. Arrangements by NEPTUNE SOCIETY.
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Published by Arizona Daily Star on May 5, 2013.