Neville Levy

Neville Levy

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 13 Apr 1974 (aged 81)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot Sect 67
Memorial ID 116151493 · View Source
Suggest Edits


Military Order Honors Retired Navy Man

Retired Naval Capt. Neville Levy was honored Thursday night as "American Patriot of the Year," by the New Orleans chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars in ceremonies held in the Marriott Hotel.
The award was instituted by the chapter in 1970 as a special activity under its American Revolution Bicentennial Commemoration Era program.
The only other recipient of the award has been United States Rep. F. Edward Hebert. The award will be bestowed annually until 1976.
Louisiana Supreme Court chief Justice Walter B. Hamlin was the featured speaker at the awards banquet, which included a welcome address by Maj. Gen. Harley B. West, commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the World Wars.
Levy was a 1913 graduate of Tulane University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and in 1917 he entered the Military Aeronautics Service Division of the Army.
In 1918, Levy switched to the Navy, where he was commissioned an ensign, and graduated from Submarine in 1919.
He resigned his commission in 1920 in the active Navy and accepted a commission in the Organized Reserves of the Navy where he remained until 1941, when he was retired.
He was called back for duty during World War II and served on active duty from 1941 to 1946 in the capacity of submarine control commander for the entire Gulf of Mexico.
He is now on the retired rolls of the Navy Reserve with the rank of captain.
In 1921, Levy founded the Equitable Equipment Co. Inc., which continues today as a marine construction firm specializing in tugs, barges, crewboats and supply boats. He is still active as a consultant to the firm.
During the years 1950-58, Levy served as chairman of the Mississippi River Bridge Authority, culminating in the building of the Greater Mississippi River Bridge in 1958. He now holds the title of chairman emeritus of the authority.
He was also the recipient of the Times-Picayune Loving Cup in 1957.
In honoring his "old friend of many years," Justice Hamlin said, "It is not feasible here for me to even attempt to enumerate Capt. Levy's honors, deeds of patriotism and his participation in civic movements on behalf of the administration of good and successful government of our city, state and nation."
Continuing, Justice Hamlin said, "He believes in thrift and economy in government and business and abhors extravagance; he has a deep sense of obligation, first of all to his own country; he is an old-fashioned, patriotic American. He has never believed that love of country, of family, of home and of a Supreme Being is ‘corny'—to quote the word used by those who have lost their sentiment."
After accepting the award, Levy said, "To be named the bicentennial era patriot of the year and that honor coming to me ‘back-to-back' with Eddie Hebert is humbling, overwhelming and deeply appreciated.
Continuing, he said, "In acknowledging this award, I feel that I owe so much to so many. No one stands alone in these times, and so all for whom I have worked and all with whom I have worked should be here beside me, so you could see and judge the Americans that share this title: patriot.

"In closing, I again say to you I accept this high honor that you have bestowed upon me with great humility and pledge to you my efforts, so long as I may live, to be worthy of having been named bicentennial era patriot of 1972."
Cmdr. John S. Petty of the New Orleans chapter of the order acted as master of ceremonies for the occasion.

Capt. Neville Levy (USN Ret.), who headed the crusade to build the greater New Orleans Mississippi River Bridge, died Saturday afternoon after a lengthy illness.

Capt. Levy, 81, died at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital.
Funeral services were held at Temple Sinai, at St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street, with Rabbis Murray Blackman and Julian B. Feibelman officiating. Interment was in Metairie Cemetery.
Capt. Levy was one of the New Orleans' most active in civic affairs. He was one of the founders of International House and one of the first citizens to work for the creation of Alvin Callender Naval Air Station.
He was active throughout his life in more than 90 local, state, regional and national organizations. He served as president, chairman or board member of more than 50 of those organizations. He held more than 21 honorary memberships, directorships and degrees, including a doctor of law degree form Loyola.
But he was best known for his efforts to bring about construction of the Mississippi River Bridge. Even after the bridge was completed, he would work unsuccessfully, to see a second bridge constructed at Napoleon Avenue.
His dedication to the bridge project, in addition to his other civic activities, earned him the Times-Picayune Loving Cup committee with these words:
"The jobs of financing watch-dogging, wrinkle-ironing involved (in the bridge project), all performed immodesty and in constant deference to public sentiment and participation, have to be experienced: They can't be imagined.

Capt. Levy served as chairman of the Mississippi River Bridge Authority for many years and was still a member at the time of his death.

Family Members


Sponsored by Ancestry



  • Created by: Steward
  • Added: 27 Aug 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 116151493
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Neville Levy (14 Aug 1892–13 Apr 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 116151493, citing Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Steward (contributor 47729781) .