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Herbert DeLevie
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Birth: May 7, 1934, Germany
Death: Oct. 4, 1989
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA

A Poem In Memory Of Herbert DeLevie
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I- I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Herb DeLevie was born in Rheine, Germany, on May 7, 1934. His mother was German and his father was Dutch. His father's family had practiced the traditions of Sephardic Judaism for centuries. After witnessing rising anti-Semitism in Germany, the DeLevie family moved to Stadtskanaal, Holland, in 1936 to escape the growing sanctions against Jews.

In late 1940, Herb's father, a prominent business owner, went into hiding. Six months later, 7-year-old Herb, his mother, and 11-year-old sister joined him. Over the next four years, they hid in one room of a small farmhouse on the out¬skirts of Stadtskanaal with a large group of relatives and friends.

After liberation by a Canadian army unit in 1945, the DeLevies returned to their home. The senior DeLevie resumed his business and the family made plans to immigrate to the U.S. They left Holland in December 1949. The family resided with relatives in New York City until late spring 1950, when they arrived in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herb graduated from West High School in 1951 and enrolled in the University of Wisconsin. A chance encounter with Frank Lloyd Wright resulted in Herb's acceptance at Taliesin in May 1953, where he remained for two years.

He joined the Army shortly thereafter and was sent to Korea. After his discharge, Herb settled in Los Angeles, He later set up shop as an architect in Madison, where his sons were born in 1968 and 1971. His second wife died in 1975 and two years later he married again.

In 1976, Herb formed the Madison architectural firm of DeLevie and Associates, which he ran until his death from
a brain tumor in 1989.

Added to this memorial in honor of Herbert DeLevie
information taken from Wisconsin Survivors of the
Holocaust published by Wisconsin Genealogical Society.
A special thanks to Graves, for transferring this
memorial to me, so that I could help complete it. The
next step is to request a monument photo.
Janet Milburn #47529757, July 11, 2012.


William (Bill),

Great photos!
Thank you so much for taking the
photos of Herbert DeLevie's head-
stone. You have really helped
complete a lovely memorial. I
hope you had a chance to read
the bio section, as it explains
the significance of the house
design on his headstone.

Janet Milburn
Note: Date of Burial: 10/6/1989, Military: Korean, Race: White,,, Father: Nathan DeLevie, Mother: Hertha Solomon Death Place: Madison, Dane Co. Wisconsin, Birth Place: Germany, Cause:, Occupation: Architect Ref: Cemetery Records
Forest Hill Cemetery
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Section 36, Lot 189, Vault Tribute/Ideal Box
Maintained by: Janet Milburn
Originally Created by: Graves
Record added: Mar 08, 2012
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