Robert D. Levine, public affairs specialist, dies at 88

Robert D. Levine, a public affairs specialist who worked for the federal government for about four decades and retired in 1994 as a Treasury Department spokesman, died July 21 at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 88.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his son Justin Levine.

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Mr. Levine had worked for the Treasury Department for more than a dozen years. He spent much of his career with the U.S. Information Agency and served on assignments in Geneva and Paris and later in Saigon and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he was a public affairs officer.

Vladi­mir Don Levine was born in Berlin, where his father, the prominent journalist and writer Isaac Don Levine, was working on assignment. The younger Mr. Levine came to the United States as an infant and grew up in New York. He later changed his first name to Robert.

Mr. Levine served in the Marine Corps during and after World War II, including a posting in China. He received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Mexico City College in 1948.

He was a reporter for the International News Service in Paris and for the old Pageant magazine before beginning his government career as a writer and editor with Voice of America. He settled in the Washington area in 1972.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Nan Pullan Levine of Chevy Chase; and three sons, David Levine of Takoma Park, Joshua Levine of Charlottesville and Justin Levine of Guttenberg, N.J.

— Emily Langer