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Richard Levy, 1940-2021

Richard S. Levy

The Department of History is sad to announce the death of Richard S. Levy, who taught in this Department for 49 years before his retirement two years ago.  An outstanding teacher and a leading historian of both modern Germany and worldwide antisemitism, Prof. Levy died the morning of Wednesday, June 23, 2021 after a prolonged illness.  A two-time winner of the Department's Shirley A. Bill Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as a Silver Circle Award Winner from UIC acknowledging the university's very best teachers, Prof. Levy gained academic acclaim for his books on twentieth-century German history as well as his seminal two-volume edited encyclopedia of antisemistism.  He was known around the Department for his wit, his sense of humor, his profound integrity, his belief in our students, and for simply being a really, really good human being.  Obituaries ran in the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times.

Reflecting his strong compassion for UIC students, the Department, in consultation with his wife, Linnea, have set up the Richard S. Levy Endowed Fund in History to award scholarly excellence.  Those who would like to contribute may do so by going to the UIC giving website and putting "The Richard S. Levy Endowed Fund in History" in the box marked "Other Funds."  Or, if you'd prefer to mail a check, you can write a check to "The University of Illinois Foundation" and reference in the memo line "The Richard S. Levy Endowed Fund in History."  Checks can mailed to:

University of Illinois Foundation

P.O. Box 734500

Chicago, IL 60673-4500