Dr Milton I. Levine, founding Editor-in-Chief of Pediatrìe Annals, died in New York City of natural causes on December 22, 1993.
The son of a rabbi, Dr Levine was born in Syracuse, New Mbrk, and grew up in Spokane, Washington. His family moved to Manhattan in 1917, where he worked his way through the City College of New York and Cornell Medical School, from which he graduated in 1927. Following a rotating internship at St Mary's Free Hospital in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, he chose to practice pediatrics and joined the full-time faculty of New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1928. At the time of his retirement 43 years later, he was clinical professor of pediatrics; he then was awarded emeritus status.
During his 18 years as Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Annals (1972-1990), Dr Levine wrote more than 200 editorials. His editorials were identified by the tag line, "A Pediatrician's View," and became one of the hallmarks of the Journal. As Dr Jay Arena of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, notes, "His editorial page always had a wonderful mix. In it, yesterday, today, and tomorrow met, revering the past, acknowledging the present, and welcoming the future with its tremendous advances yet to be made. In my book, he was the 'Compleat Pediatrician.' "
In addition to being the founding father of Pediatric Annais, Dr Levine was the author or co-author of several books on child rearing, including The Parent's Encyclopedia, which he wrote with his wife, Jean Seligmann Levine, A Baby is Born, and The Wonder of Life. The message given in his books, editorials, many newspaper articles, and radio broadcasts, as well as in his pediatric practice, was that of the healing power of parental love. He espoused early and close contact of newborns with their mothers, long before maternalinfant bonding came into vogue.
Dr Levine is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean, who resides in Manhattan; two daughters, Carol Paasche of Toronto and Ann Parker of Chevy Chase, Maryland; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Dr Levine's advocacy of children and involvement with the health-care profession was passed on to his family. His two daughters, Carol and Ann, are involved with teaching developmentally disabled and blind children, and his granddaughter, Denise Paasche, is a family medicine resident at the University of Rochester.
We will miss this wise, kind, and gentle man.