Played piano as a child. In High School I played the clarinet in the ROTC Band and
Orchestra. At age 60 I decided I wanted to learn the flute, so I took lessons for
several years, then put it aside. Recently, I joined New Horizons Band.
Statement about New Horizons Band
I am thoroughly enjoying this experience. I am back into music in a very pleasant
way. The people are all wonderful, kind and helpful in every way. The
leadership is great. I am learning a lot.
Bernard William Levy passed away March 8th, 2016 at the age of 90. Born in Dallas on January
26th, 1926 to Fannye Block Levy and Milton Levy, Bernard lived in Dallas most of his life. He
attended Colonial Hill Elementary and graduated from Forest Avenue High School with high honors
one week before his 15th birthday. While there, he was senior class orator, a member of the
Standard Debating Society, the Latin Club and the ROTC Band. Bernard attended NTAC for a year
before graduating from Texas A & M College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering one week
after his 19th birthday, and the highest grade point average in his graduating class. Bernard
was active in Scouting, and became an Eagle Scout. For 4 afternoons a week he attended the
Hebrew School of Dallas and graduated with honors from its High School Department.
Bernard was employed by General Electric Co. in 1945 as a Test Engineer in Schenectady, NY. In
1947, he accepted a Teaching Fellowship at Purdue University and in 1948 he received a Master's
Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bernard returned to Dallas and was hired by Herman Blum
Consulting Engineers. In 1949 he joined his father's business, Milton B. Levy Plumbing,
which later became Milton B. Levy & Son Plumbing. Bernard remained as president for the
remained of his life. He served as president of PHCC of Dallas, and then as president of
PHCC of Texas. He served 2 terms on the City of Dallas Plumbing and Mechanical Board.
In 1949, Bernard met the love of his life, Ruth Silvergold, and they married later that year.
Bernard and Ruthie were active members of Congregation Shearith Israel all their lives. He
served on the Congregation board, many committees and was President from 1981-1983. One of
his proudest accomplishments was to be one of the founders of the Day School of Shearith
Israel, now known as the Ann and Nate Levine Academy, or Levine Academy. Bernard loved music,
and late in his life took up the flute and played in the New Horizons Band, Dallas.
Bernard is preceded in death by his parents, Milton B & Fannye Levy. He is survived by his
wife of 66 years, Ruth, children; Arnold & Valerie Levy, Frada & Alan Sandler, Hope & Alan
Malowitz as well as grandchildren Stanton & Jesi Malowitz, Paige & Mickey Baden, Kim & Todd
Wolff, Tracy Pollock and Tim McCann, Lonnie Pollock, Jackie Levy and Michael Levy. The apples
of his eye were his great grandchildren; Charlotte Baden, Eleanor Malowitz and Elijah McCann.
Bernard was devoted to his family, including multiple nieces and nephews, and to his religion.
He was a man of honor, integrity and kindness who was loved by all who were lucky enough to
know him. He will be greatly missed. The family greatly appreciates the loving care provided
by Dr. Mark Fleschler & Jodee Gary.
Funeral Services were held March 10th at Congregation Shearith Israel ( 9401 Douglas Avenue)
at 11:00 am. Donations can be made in Bernard's honor to Congregation Shearith Israel (9401
Douglas, Dallas 75225) or Levine Academy (18011 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas 75252).