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Seymour Barton Levinson ’48

Published in Nov. 2, 2005, issue

Buddy, as he was known to his family, died May 29, 2005. He was 78 and a lifelong Norfolk, Va., resident.

Buddy was involved with crew and fencing at Princeton. As his wife of 53 years, Natalie, put it: "He was coxswain of a secondary shell, no challenge to the legendary Pete Rosenbaum." Bud enjoyed his membership in Terrace Club, she said. After service in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, he graduated in June 1947 with honors in economics.

Bud's primary business career was in Norfolk-based men's clothing. First he took over a family-owned store and then added a second. Subsequently, he was involved in unrelated business activities.

Bud was heavily involved in Jewish organizations, having been president of Ohef Sholom Temple, chairman of the Tidewater Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and chairman of the executive committee of the Anti-Defamation League. He was also a volunteer with health-care enterprises.

Bud is survived by Natalie and three children, Jules '75, Gail, and Robert. He was an exemplar of the best that is Princeton. He said "work was great and rewarding, but not nearly as rewarding as volunteer activities."

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