Renee Shai Levine loved reading to children, not only infants but also elementary students. She was convinced it would "encourage them to read and listen," reinforce their development, and prepare them for their future lives, her son Stefan said. "She felt everyone could achieve excellence."
Mrs. Levine, 82, a school social worker, died Saturday, Aug. 17, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Levine graduated from Midwood High School in 1948 and Brooklyn College in 1952. She continued her education with a master of social work degree from the Columbia School of Social Work.
While working on her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, she started teaching social work at Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice - and did so for 24 years. In 1978, she founded the Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Professionals.