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Newton resident Daniel D. Levenson dies at 76

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor September 17, 2008 06:25 PM

Daniel D. Levenson, a Newton resident who practiced law in Boston, died Saturday from gastrointestinal bleeding at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 76 and had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Levenson, who also had a residence in Center Tuftonboro, N.H., grew up in Brookline. He graduated from the Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard University and entered the Army, where he served for two years in Germany. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1959.

Mr. Levenson married his wife, Helen (Stone) , in 1960.

Mr. Levenson returned to Boston, where he had a tax and estate practice as a principal at the Boston law firm Lourie & Cutler, P.C. He worked for the company for 49 years, until his death. He also served as general counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts in the early 1960s, and in 1977, he tried a case before the US Supreme Court.

Mr. Levenson volunteered help to providing affordable housing and held many leadership positions, including serving as chairman of MAZON: a Jewish Response to Hunger and the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly.

Mr. Levenson served as president of the Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley from 1976 to 1978.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Levenson leaves three daughters, Rachel Acker of North Easton, Marilyn Komessar of Needham, and Judy of Alexandria, Va.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Temple Beth Elohim.

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