Melvin G. Levy, 81, an attorney who formerly served as a judge in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, died Sept. 12 at Pennsylvania Hospital.
A native of Chester, Levy presided over a courtroom in Media for several years. He ruled on several high-profile cases, including the murder of a female student at Cheyney University in 1983.
In 1992 he left the bench to join the Philadelphia law firm of Blank Rome, and in 1997, left to establish a law practice in Media.
Levy earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and studied Russian at Yale University and at the Sorbonne in Paris.
While serving in the Army during World War II, he was an interpreter at camps for displaced persons. After his discharge, he earned a law degree from Penn.
Levy had been a partner at Levy & Levy in Chester, a former solicitor for Chester, and a solicitor and collective bargaining negotiator for several school districts in Delaware County.
He also taught business courses at Widener University, Delaware County Community College and Pennsylvania State University, Delaware County Campus.
He was a member of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield for 30 years.
Levy is survived by his wife, Irene Abate Levy; daughters Carla and Jill; sons George and Mark; a brother; and four grandchildren.