With Ludy’s Death, an Era Ends

Colby Bicentennial Seal 1964-2013

March 9, 1968


Pacy Levine ’27 and Ludy Levine ’21

Less than a year after the death of his brother, “Pacy” ’27, Lewis “Ludy” Levine ’21, beloved Colby supporter and well-known Waterville clothier for 50 years, died September 30 in Waterville. He was 98 years old.

He was born Nov. 30 1898, to William and Sarah Levine in the same house on Ticonic Street in Waterville where he lived all but the last few months of his life. He graduated from Waterville High School and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Colby.

Along with Pacy and his nephew Howard Miller ’40, Levine operated a downtown Waterville clothing store from 1946 until 1996. He was well known for his generosity to Colby students as for his considerable achievements as a businessman. He told The Boston Globe in an article published in 1996 that the store “never lost a dime” because of its practice of expanding credit to students until they graduated and had jobs. Many students finished their education at Colby because of quiet financial assistance from the Levine brothers.