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Dear Campus Community,

It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Professor Ira N. Levine, an esteemed and dedicated colleague in the Department of Chemistry. Professor Levine began his academic career at Brooklyn College in 1964 and became a Full Professor in 1978. He was working in the Department of Chemistry until his unexpected death on December 17.

Professor Levine taught first-year courses in general chemistry as well as advanced courses in physical and quantum chemistry. His colleagues describe him as a passionate educator whose care for his students met the highest ideals of a college education. He was devoted to his students and a wonderful mentor to them. He was also an engaged and thoughtful mentor to junior faculty and adjunct teaching instructors. 

Professor Levine’s research publications were in the area of microwave spectroscopy. He is noted for his influential textbooks, which include seven editions of Quantum Chemistry, seven editions of Solutions Manual to Quantum Chemistry, six editions of Physical Chemistry, six editions of Solutions Manual to Physical Chemistry, and a textbook on Molecular Spectroscopy. His textbooks have been used by leading Chemistry departments around the country and abroad; they have been translated into many languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Spanish.

Born in Brooklyn, Ira Levine graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, completed his B.S. degree at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1958, and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1963. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ira’s sister, Vickie Steinhardt, and his two nieces.

Professor Levine's family is organizing a remembrance event on Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.. They warmly welcome any students, faculty, and staff who wish to attend. Details are copied below.

Remembrance for Professor Ira Levine

Please join Ira’s family for an informal gathering to remember our beloved
family member, friend, and colleague. All welcome.

Sunday December 27, 2015, 2 p.m.

Home of Vicki Steinhardt, sister of Ira

315 Riverside Drive #18B
New York, NY 10025

Light refreshments provided.

*There will be ample time to share photos and words of remembrance—please bring if you have.*

Please contact Laura Steinhardt with any questions: 646.417.0345


Karen L. Gould

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