Jack Levine

Born December 15, 1907 in Philadelphia, PA
Died June 9, 2005, Raleigh, North Carolina

Obituary written by Richard Chandler

Jack Levine was born on December 15, 1907 in Philadelphia, PA. He received his A.B. degree with honors in Mathematics and Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1929, and then spent a year there as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics. He attended Princeton University beginning in 1930 and received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1934, during which time he was also a part-time instructor. From 1935-1936 he was an instructor in mathematics at North Carolina State College. From 1936-1939 he served as Assistant Professor, and from 1939-1946 as Associate Professor. In 1946 he was appointed a full Professor and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1976. He continued to teach part time until 1995.

His four siblings, Rose, Sam, Sophie, and Alex, and his wife, Margaret Burgin Levine, all predeceased him. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Minnie Levine, as well as several nieces and nephews, including Bill Burgin, Gloria Conover, Tom and Dan DeSilva, Betty Donnell, Allen Gaer, Maurice ("Bob") Hattem, Michael Hattem, and Marty and Robert Sik.

Dr. Levine served as Technical Sergeant in the Second Signal Service Battalion of the Signal Corps from 1943-1945. In 1946 he was awarded the Legion of Merit Award for his outstanding service with the Army Security Agency. In 1970 Dr. Levine was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at North Carolina State University. He was a member of several honorary and professional organizations, including Pi Mu Epsilon, Sigma Xi, American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, American Society for Engineering Education, and Phi Kappa Phi.

His areas of research included tensor analysis, geometry of generalized spaces, differential geometry, combinatorial analysis, theory of symmetric functions, algebraic cryptography, and mathematical physics. In addition to over one hundred research papers, Dr. Levine also published several books, including a definitive four-volume work on pattern word lists used in cryptography and a comprehensive compilation of U.S. cryptographic patents, 1861-1981.

An avid reader, especially of detective fiction, he donated well over 2000 mystery books to the D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University. He was a life member of the Friends of the Library.

A memorial service will be held at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne Street, Monday, June 13, at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Levine-Anderson Fund, Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University. The purpose of this fund is to reward undergraduate students for excellence in mathematics.

See also Levine at Princeton University

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