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Remembering Dick Levin

Former UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School professor Dick Levin

Dick Levin (PhD ’59)

The UNC Kenan-Flagler community mourns the loss of professor emeritus Richard I. “Dick” Levin (PhD ’59).

Levin was a beloved member of our faculty for more than three decades, from 1959-91, and was known for encouraging strategic problem solving and entrepreneurial spirit among his MBA students. He was revered as an award-winning teacher and prolific writer. He authored 14 books and more than 100 articles and cases. Levin also served as a strategy and finance consultant for many North Carolina businesses, including Glaxo Wellcome, The Homestead, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, the Golden Corral Corporation and Research Triangle Institute.

Most of all, Levin is remembered by his students, colleagues and fellow alumni for his impact on their lives and his commitment to his community. He and his late wife, Charlotte, established the Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham to enrich the Jewish community by playing an integral, meaningful role in the lives of individuals, families, groups and institutions through cultural, recreational, social and educational programs and activities.

“Dick Levin’s death will bring sadness to many people who knew him during his more than 40 years with the School and his many areas of professional activity,” says Jack Evans, former dean and professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “He was successful as a teacher, a textbook author, an innovator in the classroom, a leader of executive education and a contributor to the direction of the School. He developed new courses and programs and counseled numerous faculty colleagues, MBA students and mid-career professionals. He was a significant part of the School’s strength and emergence as a leading business school. He was entrepreneurial before we attached that term to anything we did.”

Read more about Levin’s remarkable life of leadership and service and how to honor him.