Bardin C. Levavy Attorney in right-to-die case with national implications, ‘a gifted wordsmith’ Bardin C. Levavy, aficionado of music, literature, and baseball, died on June 15, 2018. Bardin’s funeral was held on Sunday, June 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Oheb Shalom Congregation, 170 Scotland Rd., South Orange, N.J. Bardin was a student of history and a gifted wordsmith. He was dedicated to his family and friends and helped lead reunion efforts at his alma maters, Rutgers Preparatory School (1960), Johns Hopkins University (1964), and Harvard Law School (1967). He also achieved ABD status in English Literature at New York University in 1969. In 1987, Bardin was co-counsel with James Boskey for Dolores and Murray Putzer in their successful fight for Mr. Putzer’s right to die. The case received national attention and was part of a larger dialogue on the legal rights of patients in persistent vegetative states. He is survived by his wife, Sue-Ellen, and his children, Rafi and Sara. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bardin’s memory can be made to the Marlboro Music Festival, 1528 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19102, or the Cantor Mills Music Fund at Oheb Shalom.
Published in Star-Ledger on June 17, 2018