The Levin Connection
Pensacola is just about as far from Gainesville as you can get and still be in Florida. It’s there that Abe and Rose Levin raised their sons: Fred, David, Herman, Stanley, Martin and Allen.
It’s there too that the Levins taught the boys to work hard, to look after each other, to be quick in offering a hand to someone who needs one.
And it’s from that town on the Alabama-Florida line that five of the brothers — David (LLB ’52), Herman (Ph.D. ’58), Fred (BSBA ’58, LLB ’61), Stanley (LLB ’63) and Allen (BSBA ’67) — would travel to Gainesville to earn college degrees. Brother Martin died of leukemia when he was 16, when Fred had just started law school.
The Levin family’s Gator tree sprouted more branches with the next generation and the one after that — wives, children and grandchildren (and sometimes their spouses, too) all share the UF connection. Like Fred, David and Stanley before them, some of the younger Levins even went into law. Fred’s daughter, Marci Goodman (JD ’85), and her husband, Ross (JD ’85), are both retired judges. Fred’s son, Martin (JD ’88), for years practiced in Pensacola alongside his father. Brenton Goodman (JD ’16), Fred’s grandson, is the latest to enter the law business. Others, such as Teri Levin, Allen’s widow, are among UF Law’s most generous philanthropists.