Dan Levinson


Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2003

Homer resident Dan Levinson died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at his home of kidney cancer. He was 68.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Kachemak City Community Center. His ashes will be scattered on Kachemak Bay at a later date.

Mr. Levinson was born Jan. 7, 1935, in New York and adopted as an infant by Fay and Isidor Levinson of Omaha, Neb. He attended public and private schools in Omaha and entered the University of Omaha upon graduation. He later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he met and married Nancy Ball, originally from Burlington, Wis., on April 9, 1960.

Mr. Levinson received a bachelor's degree in education from California's Chico State College in 1963 and a master's degree from San Francisco State in 1966. He was employed by the College of the Holy Names as an instructor and as a psychologist at the Raskob Learning Institute on that campus.

Dan n' Nancy, as they preferred to be known, moved to Alaska in 1970 when he accepted a teaching position at Nome High School. They remained in Nome for 20 years, until his retirement in 1990. While in Nome, Mr. Levinson taught American and world history; psychology; judo; seventh-grade science; and general, marine, arctic and advanced biology. He also led summer field biology programs in the Kigluaik Mountains.

In addition, the Levinsons partially raised a foster son, Jacob Anagick. Upon retirement from teaching in 1990, the Levinsons moved to Homer, where Dan served as an "on-call" clinician for the Community Mental Health Center. He retired from that position in 1997.

In Homer, he volunteered with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and the Coast Guard Auxiliary until the chronic pain of fibromyalgia limited his activity. The martial arts also were an important part of his life. He held a black belt in judo and taught it at Smokey Bay School until diagnosed with cancer.

"Dan loved to teach. He wanted each and every one of 'his kids' to succeed. He never gave up on a student," his family said.

"The natural world fascinated Dan. He had a great reverence for life in all its forms and was a strong supporter of environmental causes. He enjoyed camping, backpacking, skiing and boating."

Mr. Levinson was preceded in death by his parents, Isidor and Fay Levinson.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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