Dr. Ernest LeviPsychiatristDr. Ernest Levi, a retired...

June 30, 1994

Dr. Ernest Levi


Dr. Ernest Levi, a retired psychiatrist, died Tuesday of a massive heart attack at his North Oaks Retirement Community home in Pikesville, where he had lived since 1991. He was 89.

He practiced internal medicine from 1929 until 1950, when an interest in psychiatry led him to close his office and return to school for psychiatric training. He studied at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Veterans Hospital in Washington and Seton Institute. In 1953, he opened an office for the treatment of psychiatric problems. He retired in 1990.

"Dr. Levi was a quiet and gentle man who was totally committed to his patients," said his wife, the former Edith Gordon, a psychiatric social worker whom he married in 1946.

"He was a 24-hour doctor who could be reached anytime, day or night. It made no difference to him, and he willingly did what he could to get people back functioning again. He was more than a doctor. He was also a friend."

Dr. Levi was the first child of parents who emigrated from Vilna, Lithuania, to Baltimore in 1904.

zTC As a child, growing up near Eden and Caroline streets in East Baltimore, he was stricken with tuberculosis, which may have come from unpasteurized milk, his wife said. Because of his illness, he was a patient at the old Children's Hospital and School on Greenspring Avenue until the fourth grade. The illness left him with a permanent leg and hip disability.

He attended Baltimore schools and was a 1923 graduate of City College. He then trained as a pharmacist at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and graduated in 1925. He realized that standing on his feet all day and working as a pharmacist was taxing because of his disability, so he enrolled in the University of Maryland Medical School, where he earned his medical degree in 1929.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, with interment in Workmen's Circle Cemetery in Dundalk.

In addition to his wife, survivors include nephews and nieces.

Stacy Ramona Otis

Howard U. student

Stacy Ramona Otis, a Howard University student, died Friday of injuries sustained in an automobile accident that day near Richmond, Va. The Severn resident, 18, was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Virginia.

She was a 1993 graduate of Meade High School, where she ran track, and of Barbizon School of Modeling.

The business major had just completed her freshman year at Howard, where she had compiled a 4.0 grade-point average. She was an assistant manager at Delight of the Garden, a Georgetown vegetarian restaurant.

She was born in Hahira, Ga., and moved as a child to Severn, where she had lived for the last 15 years.

She enjoyed singing and dancing and was interested in African culture and dance. She was a member of the Church of God and Christ.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at Kingdom Builders Church of God and Christ, 7466 New Ridge Road, Hanover, with interment in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

She is survived by her parents, Raymond J. and Iris Otis; and a brother, Raymond J. Otis Jr., all of Severn; and her maternal grandmother, Irene Ketterer of Rochester, N.Y.

Memorial donations may be made to the Stacy R. Otis Scholarship Fund, Divinity School, Howard University, 2400 6th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20059.

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