Seymour Gig Levine passed away at home in Davis, CA, October 31, 2007 at the age of 82 in the presence of his family. Gig Levine was born in New York City of immigrant parents in 1925. He graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, joined the US Army in 1943 and participated in the D-Day landing on Utah Beach. After being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and convalescing at Camp Carson (CO), Gig received a BA from the University of Denver in 1948 and a PhD in Psychology from New York University in 1952. He held faculty positions in the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University from 1956-1960, the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University from 1962 until his retirement in 1995, and the Department of Psychiatry at UC Davis from 1999 until his death. He also served as Director of the Neurosciences Program at the University of Delaware from 1995-2000 and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of London from 1960-1962.
Dr. Levine wrote or and co-authored over 400 research papers in the field of developmental psychobiology. He received numerous honors during his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology in 2000. He was also a devoted opera lover and lifelong San Francisco (ex-NY) Giants fan.
Gig is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; children Robert Levine (Emily), Leslie McGhie (David), Alicia Levine (Brad Goldberg), and four grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Friday, November 9th at 2 PM at the Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis Campus. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.navajosage.org or www.yolohospice.org.