Morton P. Levine, 95, died in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Morton was born on April 7, 1927 in Mt. Vernon, New York, the third son of Meyer and Esther Levine. He grew up with brothers, Maurice, Sidney and Robert (Bobby) in Mt. Vernon where his father owned a car dealership.
When World War II slowed new car sales, Morton helped his family by finding work at a factory where he polished plastic ring boxes. He gave his salary to his parents to help pay for food and other needs.
The day after graduating from high school, Morton was drafted into the United States Army. While serving his country, he was promoted to corporal and awarded the World War II Victory Medal. After his honorable discharge in 1947, Morton was admitted to the University of Georgia in Athens, where he pledged Tau Epsilon Phi fellowship.
He then enrolled in law school at the University of Georgia, which allowed him to stay in Athens, a city he had come to love. He earned his JD degree in 1953, becoming the first member of his family to practice law.
He created his own firm in Atlanta, specializing in bankruptcy law. He has proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills in large and small matters. Morton was in the people business, representing a diverse group of clients over the years, many of whom were in the automotive industry, as it was an industry he was familiar with and learned from his father. He was also highly respected by bankruptcy judges across the country and was appointed in over 100 cases to serve as trustee in bankruptcy for the debtor.
Morton was a member of the Atlanta and Georgia bars as well as a founding member of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. He was president of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute in 1978-79. In 2003, the Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, awarded Morton the David Pollard Award, for exemplifying a high level of professionalism and ethics in the practice of bankruptcy. His three sons proudly followed in his footsteps. His youngest son, Ronald, is a partner in the company he founded, now called Levine and Block.
Loved and respected by his peers, Morton cherished the camaraderie he shared with his colleagues. He was considered by his associates to be an energetic and gentle man, devoted to his clients and to his duty as a lawyer.
On June 22, 1958, Morton married Phyllis Louise Borochoff. They raised four children, Jonathan, Russell, Susan and Ronald. Morton, an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan, bought four season tickets to Sanford Stadium in 1954 and has held those same seats for 68 years. Until recent years, he rarely missed a home game and his tailgates in the parking lot across from his fraternity were a sight to behold.
He was a member of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta.
Morton was predeceased by his parents, Meyer and Esther Levine; and his brothers, Maurice and Sidney Levine.
Morton is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis; her four children; son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Allison Levine; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Anne Marie Levine; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Levine and Joni Romanek; and his daughter, Susan Levine; ten grandchildren, Olivia, Molly, Alexa, David, Daniel, Andrew, Jamie, Jennifer, Matthew and Rachel, and brother Robert “Bobby” Levine.
Services will be held at the cemetery at 4:30 p.m. at Arlington Cemetery in Atlanta. Participants are requested not to arrive before 4:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the University of Georgia Law School Morton P. Levine Scholarship Fund online at: https://www.law.uga.edu/fund/morton-p-levine-scholarship or by check: payable to: UGA Foundation For: Morton P. Levine Scholarship (72598003), University of Georgia School of Law, Law School Advancement Office 225 Herty Drive, Athens, GA 30602-6012. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.