Pat Levinson – School’s In
Pat Levinson took great pleasure in advocating on behalf of children, the performing arts, and health care issues – leading her to join numerous organizations and causes related to them.
She served on the Honorary Council of HWZOA and as chairperson for Hadassah International Communications. Additionally, she was a trustee at Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Mount Sinai.
Early Life and Education
In this episode of School’s In, researchers at Stanford’s Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab discuss how their environment has an immense impact on long-term health outcomes for their children. Early life experiences also directly relate to how much cognitive reserve an individual develops over their lifetime.
Patricia Levinson relocated from South Africa in 1970 and soon after joined Hadassah (Women’s Zionist Organization of America Inc), quickly ascending through its ranks with many leadership responsibilities.
After her passing from cancer in 2015, Patricia Levinson left behind a generous bequest through her estate as well as a grant from The Robert A. and Patricia S. Levinson Award Fund at The New York Community Trust to establish the Patricia Levinson Fellowship at UHF; Suzanne Brundage of Children’s Health Initiative was appointed the inaugural Patricia Levinson Fellow.
She practiced law for many years, specializing in matters ranging from appeals and insurance coverage, as well as representing architects, engineers, and other professionals as well as owners and contractors.
Levinson assisted Mount Sinai’s Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs by acting as its first Advisory Board Chair. Now named the Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, its goal is to eliminate health care disparities through research, education and policy change.
United Hospital Fund (UHF) was honored to have Patricia S. Levinson as an avid supporter. To honor her memory and dedication to UHF’s work of improving healthcare for vulnerable populations, United Hospital Fund established the Robert A. and Patricia S. Levinson Award Fund at New York Community Trust to honor both she and her legacy of commitment. Through this endowment fund is being awarded annually Patricia S. Levinson Fellowships that will further its work enhancing quality health care provision for vulnerable communities.
Achievement and Honors
Levinson spent her lifetime serving on the boards of Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary and as president of New Alternatives for Children – helping transitional foster children find loving homes. Additionally, she supported numerous organizations which foster international understanding and health policy, raising funds for children-related causes.
In November 2018 at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, Levinson was honored by having its Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs named in her name and endowing numerous scholarships and fellowships in her name.
Burns & Levinson partner Jodi Levinson has also been an active volunteer with Hadassah for more than three decades, serving as chairperson of Hadassah International communications since her arrival at Burns & Levinson. Jodi resides in St. Petersburg, Florida while Joshua Levinson – her son – joined Burns & Levinson as a partner specializing in tax planning in 2021.
Pat Levinson was an exemplary wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who always put the needs of others first. She found great pleasure in spending her free time at Ocean City Maryland beach as well as sharing her culinary recipes with anyone interested.
She enjoyed traveling the world with her husband. Additionally, she was an avid reader with an infectious smile that would brighten any room she entered.
Levinson was committed to community service, leading her to join United Hospital Fund (UHF). They established in her name a fellowship using funds from Robert A. and Patricia S. Levinson Award Fund at New York Community Trust to further the organization’s efforts of improving health care for vulnerable populations. Furthermore, she founded and served as first Advisory Board Chair of CMCA.
After her successful acting career, she turned more towards writing and directing. She is responsible for several notable films such as Operation: Endgame and Another Happy Day as well as writing the movie Stoic for which she received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
Levinson co-wrote the 2017 HBO biographical television film, The Wizard of Lies, alongside Sam Baum and John Burnham Schwartz. Based on Diana B. Henriques’ eponymous book, this biopic film stars Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff with Michelle Pfeiffer as Ruth his wife.
Levinson created Euphoria for HBO based on an Israeli series with the same name, which has proven immensely popular while simultaneously receiving considerable criticism due to its depiction of teenage sexuality and its explicit depiction.