100 Women Wall of Honor
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Dorothy Barvin Levy

Dorothy Barvin Levy (1923-2002), a long time Madison resident, grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. She was an English major at the University of Iowa when she met her husband, Irving, who eventually led one of Wisconsin’s largest and oldest beverage distributing companies.

She was a loving wife, mother and mentor who took pride in creating a home that allowed her sons, Phillip, Marvin and Jeff to flourish. She herself was a skilled writer, baker, golfer and gardener. She was especially proud of her homes in Madison and Rancho Mirage, California. Dorothy proudly supported many local and national charities through the efforts of the Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation that was initiated in 1958.

She was an active member of Hadassah, Nakoma Golf Club, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and the UW Bascom Hill Society. She also created wonderful handcrafted pottery. She would be honored to have her legacy linked to the work of faculty holding the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology.