by Walter Fox
Solomon Louis “Sol” Levy, 76, of Chestnut Hill, a financial planner and landscape photographer whose work has been displayed at many area venues, died April 16 at Abington Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Levy had been a certified financial planner with Lincoln Investment Planning and Lincoln Benefits Group in Jenkintown for the past 27 years.
For the past two decades, however, he was also an avid landscape photographer, capturing sunrises, sunsets and other spectacular natural events throughout the United States and abroad. More recently, after documenting the buildings of Habitat for Humanity and the farm of Weavers Way Co-op, he added cityscapes to his repertoire.
Earlier, Mr. Levy had a long career as a social worker and had taught at Temple University’s School of Social Work.
He was a member of several artists’ groups, including the ALMA Gallery and the Northeast Artist Collective. He was also a board member of the Mt. Airy Art Garage and had been instrumental in making this gallery and artists’ space a reality. To honor his contributions, the Art Garage will be renamed the Solomon Levy Gallery of Art.
A Mt. Airy resident for more than four decades, he had been active in many community organizations, among them the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, Project Learn School, the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement and the Chavurah.
A native Philadelphian, he received a bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University, a master’s degree in social work from Western Reserve University and a doctorate in political science from Temple.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Judy Etkin; a son, Jonathon; a daughter, D’vorah, and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Airy Art Garage at www.mtairyartgarage.org.