Dr. Jerry Levy passed away peacefully in his home on June 12, 2019.
Jerry was the beloved husband of Judith Weiss Levy and father of Rebecca Levy Williams (Dr. Seth) and grandfather of Henry Williams; the adored father, with Marilyn Newstadt Schlitter, of JoAnne Levy (Jim Thomeczek), the Honorable Ellen Levy (Carl Desenberg), Jerry Lundsgaard, Nancy Levy and David Levy (Stephanie Kurtzman); the amazing grandfather of Samantha Wendling (Mickey), of Jake, Jerry, Mari and Josh Thomeczek, of Miranda and Bradford Siwak, of Alex Schlitter and of Lathan, Ansel and Hanya Levy; the loved great-grandfather of Brennan, Luca and Teddy Wendling; dear brother of the late Monroe Levy (Constance); and a cherished uncle, cousin and friend to so many.
Jerry was born to the late Hyman and late Anne Brick Levy on Sept. 19, 1934. After graduating from high school in record time, he entered Washington University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. At just age 19, Jerry entered the Washington University School of Medicine. His private practice at Barnes Hospital was interrupted by his service during the Vietnam War as an Army captain. He became one of the first surgeons at Barnes to perform laparoscopic surgery to remove gallbladders. He eventually focused his practice on treating patients with breast cancer, becoming an early proponent of immediate reconstruction following a mastectomy. He wrote a book titled “Your Breasts,” a book aimed at educating lay audiences in breast care.
After retiring in 2007, Jerry became emeritus professor of surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. He then obtained his masters in liberal arts from Washington University, being featured as one of the university’s outstanding graduates of 2010.
Jerry adored his home and time in Sun Valley—he skied on Bald Mountain until he was 82, golfed at Big Wood, attended many gallery walks and symphonies, explored the entire state of Idaho and loved his time with his many Sun Valley friends. He was exceptionally proud to exhibit his photographs of nudes in nature at the Lipton Gallery in Ketchum.
Throughout his life, Jerry was the ultimate Renaissance man, a believer in lifelong learning and a joy to know. He cherished his family and friends, was endlessly curious and creative and never lost sight of his humble beginnings.
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Jerry fought remarkably long and hard, maintaining his positive outlook and concern for others to the very end.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Box 656, Sun Valley, ID 83353 or a charity of your choice.