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April 2, 2014

David Levitsky '45: Chapter Eternal

"He lived the example he learned when he shared life with Koko (Kovner) at Pi Lam."

Our living history is escaping us as the greatest generation, the friends of Alfred Kovner, pass into the chapter eternal. David Levitsky '45 was one of those brothers.

Upon receiving our latest mailer, Velda Levitsky, David's widow, was moved to send us a letter and some photos to help us remember Levitsky's remarkable life and, "let you know how proud you should all be that he was a Pi Lam brother."

She said of his Pi Lam experience, "those few years were among the most cherished and spoken of during his lifetime. In fact, our son, Mark K. Levitsky, MD, was named in memory of Kovner."

Pi Lam Spring Formal 1946 Graduation Party 1943 50th anniversary Kovner Banquet 1997

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Brother Levitsky served in WWII as a medic in Italy, Africa, and the Philippines. Upon his discharge in 1946, he returned home to marry Velda, his high school sweetheart. He raised a family and made a career in the medical supply business. He was a civic-minded soul who took time from his busy schedule to give back to his community, including causes as varied as the Boy Scouts, Cumberland County College, the Jewish Federation, and the Cohanzik Zoo.

Read the full obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Our chapter has a rich history and much to be proud of, most notably the brothers who exemplify the ideals for which we stand. Brother Levitsky was a glowing example of what we strive to be as brothers of Pi Lambda Phi. Velda sent a generous donation in honor of the memory of Brother Levitsky, "to impact young men like my David to live healthy, happy, productive, meaningful and civic minded lives."

Not four years, but a lifetime.

Page Updated: 4/2/2014