Ruth Sax Levy, 72

Teacher, homemaker

March 19, 2007

Ruth Sax Levy, a homemaker and lifelong Baltimore resident, died of lung cancer and emphysema yesterday at her Mount Washington home under the care of Stella Maris hospice. She was 72.

Born in Baltimore, Mrs. Levy graduated from Western High School in 1951. She studied English literature and philosophy at Bryn Mawr College outside Philadelphia and received her bachelor's degree in 1955.

Mrs. Levy taught English and literature in Baltimore public schools and was introduced to her future husband, Dr. Robert I. Levy, by her twin brother. The two were married in 1956.

She left her career to raise their three children and to manage the private practice of her husband, a kidney specialist.

The couple shared a passion for classical music, opera and travel.

"We saw just about every major opera there was," Dr. Levy said.

In addition to her expertise in literature and philosophy, Mrs. Levy loved to discuss politics, the stock market and current events.

"She was the glue to our family," said one of her daughters, Elizabeth Levy Malis of Cockeysville. "She lived life to the fullest."

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Levy is survived by another daughter, Katherine Bear Levy Crenner of Kansas City, Mo.; a son, Dr. David D. Levy of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Dr. Daniel Sax of Randolph Center, Vt., and Dr. Albert Sax of Manhattan, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

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