Lee LeVine
Lee LeVine

Obituary of Lee LeVine

Lee S. LeVine, 91, passed peacefully in her sleep on February 11, 2017 at the Riverside Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, her home for the past 5 years. She was born in New York City in 1925. Lee was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Milton LeVine. Her survivors include two sons, David LeVine of Wynantskill, NY and Rob LeVine of Falmouth, ME, as well as Rob’s wife Val and their son Trevor.

Lee grew up in New York City, and with her husband, moved to the Niskayuna suburb of Schenectady, drawn, in part, by the superior reputation of the public school system there.

Lee was active throughout her life, making sure to experience everything she could and leave her mark on the world. She earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College in New York City and an M.A. from Columbia University, before choosing teaching as a career.

Lee loved travel. She took many trips over the years to places including China, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and several countries in South America. She especially enjoyed art and was never too far from a museum. She also lived in Mexico City in the 1950s.

Lee was the kind of person who frequently walked into a roomful of strangers and left with a handful of friends. She could, and would, talk with anyone. She loved being outdoors and going for walks. As a youth, she was an avid baseball fan and had a big crush on Joe DiMaggio. She loved cooking, as well as going out to dinner and sampling cuisines from all over the world.

Lee always kept a close eye on the financial markets, frequently going her own way, against the mainstream. She enjoyed talking and arguing politics with friends and family, including once asking her 12-year-old son which presidential candidate to vote for. She was also an avid reader.

Later in life, after Lee retired, she spent a lot of her free time reading to young children and to the elderly. She also served as a chaperone for state supervised family visits. It was her way of cementing her legacy as someone who genuinely cared about others.

For anyone inclined to help preserve her memory, donations can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).