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Death - Dr. William C. Levin
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dr. William C. Levin, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston president emeritus, died Monday at The Cottages at Clear Lake. 

Levin served as president of UTMB
from 1974 until 1987. In May, 1998, he was named president emeritus by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System.

"During his tenure at UTMB, Dr. Levin was instrumental in securing funding for educational and research programs, and for major construction projects at the University," said the official obituary. "He was responsible for the construction of fifteen buildings and he helped in the renovation and preservation of the Ashbel Smith Building (Old Red). He trained thousands of medical students and residents during his many years of service."

UTMB President Dr. David Callender issued a statement extending his condolences to Dr. Levin’s family and friends.

"He leaves an enduring legacy of leadership, not only in his career in hematology and administration, but also in his unwavering commitment to student diversity at the state’s first academic health sciences center," Dr. Callender said. "He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and he will be greatly celebrated for years to come for all he did to advance health sciences education, research and patient care in Texas and beyond.”

In December 1985, Dr. Levin visited with Jim Guidry in an extensive Year End Interview for KGBC Radio.
Listen (19 minutes)

“It’s been a busy year, a productive year,” Dr. Levin said, describing improvements in patient care during the year.  “We installed a nuclear magnetic resonance imaging device, one of the few in the state and probably one that is more state-of-the-art than any other in the state.”

Dr. Levin talked about the research underway at UTMB in the mid 80s. “We’ve had an exciting group of new developments in research, and with recognition from national levels.”

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