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Dr. Joseph Levy, Physiology and Pharmacology Chair and Expert, Dies

Dr. Joseph Levy

January  10, 2009

Dr. Joseph Levy, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, passed away from a heart attack on Saturday, January 10 at the age of 80.

A distinguished faculty member at Pacific since 1973, Levy began his career as a professor in pharmacology before becoming chair of the department. He possessed a unique and in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, therapeutics and human physiology which he shared with colleagues and passed on to thousands of students over the years.

"Dr. Joseph Levy was a passionate and brilliant teacher who captivated the imagination of students and residents as well as alumni and professional groups," said Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus. "He will be greatly missed for his compassion and genius for teaching."

Levy received numerous scholarships, awards and fellowships throughout his career, including a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, Pacific's Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award and several student teaching awards. He lectured on a variety of topics all over the world, including modern concepts in treating inflammatory conditions, pain management and drug interactions. Levy also authored more than 130 scientific articles in journals and books dealing with physiology and pharmacology.

Levy was an active member of several professional societies including the American Physiological Society, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his master's degree from UCLA and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington.

"Dr. Levy carried out his duties and responsibilities in a very quiet fashion and did not seek recognition, even though he deserved it," said Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean. "He will be missed by all."

Levy is survived by his wife, Joanne; his children Virginia Levy and Suzanne Garrett; and his grandson, Jeffrey Garrett.

A public memorial for the Dugoni School community will be held on Friday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Dorfman-Discus Dental Auditorium, Room 103.

The family asks that donations to your favorite funds or charities be made in his name.

Notes/cards for the family may be sent to:

The Levy Family
3021 Rivera Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010

Category Type: General, Alumni

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu