Judge Irving A. Levine of the Maryland Court of Appeals, who was first reprimand to that position in 1972, died of a heart attack Monday.
He was stricken at his home in Bethesdaand taken to Suburban Hospital where he wsa pronounced dead.
Judge Levine had been appointed by Gov. Marvin Mandel to represent the 3rd Appellace Circuit on the seven-member appelace court, which includes Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Gattett and Allegany [WORD ILLEGIBLE]
In 1974, he ran as an incumbent for election to a 15-year term on the bench. He filed as did others, in both the Republican and Democratic party primariesand won in both. He was supported by the Montgomery County BarAssociation.
Chief Judge Eubert C. Murphy of the Maryland Court of Appeals yesterday spoke of Judge Levine as a "similarity judge."
"He was a most diligent and consciencous judge," he added. He said Wednesday session of the court would be postponed but it would resume Thursday.
Judge Levine, who had been a lawyer with the law firm of Chasen and Levine in Washington and the Bethesda area from 1949 to 1967, had been active in Democratic politics. He was a delegate to the Maryland Democratic Convention in 1960, and a member of the Maryland Democratic Central Committee during 1963-65.
He was named chief judge of the Maryland Tax Court in 1965, serving until 1967, when then Gov. J. Millard Tawes appointed him to the Montgomery County Circuit Court.The following year, he was elected to that position.
Under Maryland law, vacancies in state judgeships are filled by appointment by the governor. Judges so appointed must then stand for election to a full 15-year term at the first election following their first full year on the bench.
Judge Levine was born in Washington. He was a graduate of Central High School, George Washington University and its law school. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II.
During 1971-74, Judge Levine was a lecturer at the American Unviersity Law School.
He was a member of the American, Maryland and Montgomery County bar associations, the National Conference of Appelate Judges and the American Judicature Society.
He was on the board of directors of the Jewish Community Center and belonged to Osiris Lodge of the Massons.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and two daughters, Susan and Karen, of the home, and a brother, Sol, of Silver Spring.