Irving R. Levine, Dean Emeritus of Lynn’s College of International Communication, died Friday
Published Mar. 27, 2009
Irving R. Levine, the beloved Dean Emeritus of the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of International Communication and world-renowned broadcast journalist died Friday, March 27, at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and their three children, Jeffrey, Daniel and Jennifer.
Irving joined the Lynn University family in 1994, and in 1996 he was named Dean of the College of International Studies (which later became the College of International Communication), bringing decades of journalism experience and unparalleled knowledge of the communications field.
Even after his retirement as dean in 2004, Dean Levine – as he preferred to be called – remained a prominent fixture at Lynn University. Because of his love for Lynn, he continued serving our students as a member of the board of trustees and was often spotted around campus sporting one of his trademark bow ties. Dean Levine even rose to local celebrity status, drawing in crowds from the community to hear his famous – and sometimes infamous – introductions to speakers at Lynn.
Dean Levine began his journalism career with the Providence, R.I. Journal-Bulletin and continued on as a foreign correspondent for the International News Service and a special correspondent for The Times of London.
He later broke ground in broadcast journalism, becoming the first television network correspondent to cover the economy full-time, and became the NBC News Chief Economics Correspondent. More recently, he served as a regular commentator on the “Nightly Business Report.”
Throughout the course of his reporting, Dean Levine has stood on the sidelines of history, covering everything from the Korean War to the Berlin airlift. He also accompanied government delegations to several G-7 Economic Summit meetings around the world and to the start of U.S-China trade talks in Beijing.
Additionally, Dean Levine authored four books: “Main Street, USSR,” “Travel Guide to Russia,” “The New Worker in Soviet Russia” and “Main Street, Italy.”
In honor of his vast contributions to broadcast journalism, the Library of Congress houses an “Irving R. Levine Collection” of his work. He also received the “1995 Lifetime Achievement Award” of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was the first ever to receive the Martin R. Gainsborough Award for Economic Reporting.
Dean Levine was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. The Pawtucket, R.I. native also received honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University, Northeastern University, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams College, Bryant College and Lynn University.
During his time at Lynn, Dean Levine was interested only in helping make the university better than when he had found it. And as he did in all things, he more than succeeded in that pursuit.