Alvin H. Levin, 86, of Baltimore, MD and Fountain Hills, AZ, passed away March 1, 2009 at the Eckstein Center of Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale. He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 65 years, Selma Levin (Cooper) of Baltimore and Fountain Hills, AZ; his children Denyse Lieber (Efrem) of Fountain Hills, AZ; Marlene Levin of Baltimore, MD and Lisbeth Levin of Bethesda, MD. A fourth daughter, Vicki Levin Miller, predeceased him. He is also survived by his sister Marsha Poliakoff of Spartanburg, SC, brother Harry Levin of Woodland Hills, CA, four grandchildren, Samuel Lieber (Sherri), Amy Lieber, Victor Levin, and Benjamin Levin, two great-grandchildren, Ethan Lieber and Sarah Lieber and numerous family and friends throughout the country. Mr. Levin graduated from Western Maryland college (B.A.) and Arizona State University (M.A.), taught English and Journalism at Glendale Union High School from 1946-1952, and wrote articles and provided attributed photography for the Arizona Republic newspaper. He recounted reporting for work on August 6, 1946, his first day at Glendale, a new hire from Baltimore whose references had been telegraphed to the principal of the high school. Al had walked the quarter mile from his bus stop that hot August day in his East Coast coat and tie and checked into the office where the principal told him to "take off that damned coat and tie." Thus started a teaching adventure for Al who advised the Cardinal Hi-Lites newspaper as well as the Cardinal yearbook. He was a pioneer in scholastic journalism, inspiring several journalistic icons in the state. In 2004 Mr. Levin was inducted into the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Distinguished Advisor Hall of Fame of the Arizona Newspapers Association. Many of his Glendale High students kept in touch with him throughout the past 50+ years. Levin returned to Baltimore in 1952 to become a sought-after wedding and portrait photographer for 30 years. In addition, he contributed articles and photography for the Baltimore Sun. Along with his wife, he became an avid collector, appraiser, and well known dealer of antique toys and trains, serving two terms as National President of the Train Collectors Association of America, an organization with over 25,000 members. Mr. Levin was also a long-time member of Desert Division of TCA. Funeral services will be at Sol Levinson Funeral Home in Pikesville, MD on Thursday, March 5. Shiva will be observed in Baltimore. Locally, a shiva minyan and a memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 8, 7 pm at Congregation Or Chadash, 16447 N. 91st Street, Suite 102, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to Congregation Or Chadash, Hospice of the Valley, or the Lupus Foundation.
This does not mention his sister who pre-deceased him, my Grandma Evelyn