Penn Vet mourns the passing of Robert P. Levy, C’52, Emeritus Trustee of Penn and a member of the School’s Board of Overseers from 1992 to 1998 (Emeritus from 1997 to 2018).
Levy was born in Philadelphia and went to William Penn Charter School before attending the University of Pennsylvania and obtaining a degree in sociology. He was chair of DRT Industries, a Philadelphia-based conglomerate with industrial holdings in the Delaware Valley.
Levy joined the University’s Board of Trustees in 1971 and became a member of the Student Life Committee. He also brought great insight to his role on Penn Vet’s Board of Overseers, where he helped advance sports medicine for racehorses, such as his own 1987 Belmont Stakes winner, Bet Twice. He was also a longtime member of the Athletics Overseer Board and volunteered as an assistant coach for the women’s tennis team. He also served as chair of the Board of Overseers for the School of Dental Medicine. In 2003, Levy received the Alumni Award of Merit.
Levy and his family made possible the Robert P. Levy Tennis Pavilion, the Dental School’s Levy Research Building (now the Levy Center for Oral Health Research), the Paley Professorship for the Dean of the School of Design, and Blanche P. Levy Park in the center of campus.
Read more about Levy’s may illustrious accomplishments in his full obituary at almanac.upenn.edu/articles/robert-levy-emeritus-trustee.