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Erwin Levine honored

October’s trustees’ meeting on campus included a special faculty tribute. The trustees presented the Denis B. Kemball Cook Award posthumously to Erwin Levine, professor of government, for having given “wisdom, time, and talent in generous service to Skidmore.” Mary Ellen Fischer, professor emerita of government, accepted the award in her husband’s memory.
     The citation, read by trustee Dale Owen Coxe ’64, called Levine “a teacher/scholar extraordinaire” and noted his extensive community service, from the Saratoga Springs zoning board to hospital fundraising. Coxe also recounted his personal mentorship and caring when she was his student—and even afterward, when he paid her a surprise visit at her grad school to offer his encouragement.
     
[Click here for a student's remembrance of Levine.]
     Levine was additionally honored with the establishment of the Erwin L. Levine Endowment for American Politics and Law, which will support internships for financial-aid students in American government, politics, or law. As Jamienne S. Studley, Skidmore’s president, notes: “Erwin believed strongly that the best learning was by doing, and the scholarships funded by this endowment will make doing and learning in American politics available to countless Skidmore students over the coming years.” Levine’s popularity at and around Skidmore inspired so many donations that $40,000 has already been raised toward the $50,000 goal. —SR

Editor’s note: To learn more, or to contribute to the Levine endowment, contact David Marcell at 518-580-5657 or dmarcell@skidmore.edu.

 


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