Jacob Joseph "Joe" Levin, 82, of Oak Park, died in his home on June 8, 2013. Born in New York City on Aug. 15, 1930, he married his wife, Doris, in 1949, and they then moved together to upstate New York to attend school. He graduated with an Ed.D. from Syracuse University in 1957 and became the school psychologist for the Corning, N.Y. school system in 1958.
In 1959, the family moved to Chicago where he began working for Northwestern University as a therapist in Cook County Jail. He then moved to Chicago Medical School where he taught and did research with James Toman.
He was hired as director of mental health services at Ravenswood Hospital, served on the Dangerous Drug Commission for the state of Illinois and later became an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois.
In addition to his private practice, he served as a consultant to many organizations and communities, including the U.S. military, the Chicago Archdiocese, and the Midwest Native-American community in Illinois and in Wisconsin.
Active in the west suburban Jewish community, he served on the board of Oak Park Temple in the 1970s, participated in services at West Suburban Temple in the '80s and '90s and was a member of the Chavurah at Shir Ami for many years. He also worked as a volunteer psychologist for many non-profit organizations and was honored for his service by Shalva, a Chicago domestic violence service provider, and the Ark.
Joe Levin is survived by his wife, Doris; his children, Michael, Rebekah (Sophie), Mordechai (Lupe) and Daniel (Sandra); 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held with family and close friends.