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Emeritus faculty member Richard “Dick” Levin dies

March 12, 2021

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Black and White headshot of Dick Levin

Dick Levin, a professor of biology and ardent supporter of Oberlin College and the liberal arts, died on Sunday, February 14, 2021. He was 88 years old.

Levin was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1932. He earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University in 1954 and attended graduate school at the University of Washington, where he studied microbiology and genetics.  

He came to Oberlin College in 1968 and taught microbiology and genetics until his retirement in 2003. Beyond his research, he focused on the AIDS epidemic and developed colloquia on biomedical ethics. A mentor to each of his students, Levin also made time to attend their performances, athletics contests, and recitals. Regarded as a talented poet, composer, musician, and athlete, he embraced the liberal arts experience.

A steadfast supporter of Oberlin College athletics and member of the General Faculty Athletics Committee, in 2019 Levin was inducted into the Heisman Club Hall of Honor, which recognizes individuals who have brought distinction, honor, and excellence to Oberlin College Athletics.

Read a tribute to Levin.

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