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Nelson Levitt, Class of 1937

Nelson Levitt was born in the Bronx in 1921. He fought as an Army Officer in WWII, was awarded a purple heart, served on the Jewish veterans board, owned a furniture business and dedicated his entire life to helping fight for human rights. Nelson had a passion for music and was a fine amateur pianist. He was also an avid runner who completed several New York City marathons through his 60's. Nelson had a devoted wife Yetta of 74 years, daughter Ronnie, son Ricky (deceased), son-in-law Deryl (deceased), and two grandchildren, Kyia, and Esu. He was deeply beloved by all who had the pleasure to know him.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 24, 2016.