May 6, 2013

Reynold Levy in the news

Filed under: Federation people — susanwoodland @ 11:44 am

Reynold Levy, whose oral history is included in Federation’s collection of oral histories, is featured in this morning’s New York Times.

Reynold Levy, circa 1985

Reynold Levy, circa 1985

The Times article features Levy’s extraordinary fundraising skills during his tenure at Lincoln Center.  Before this phase of his career, of course, he was important to Federation as Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y, one of the agencies funded by Federation.  And before arriving at the 92nd Street Y he worked closely with Sanford Solender, who readers of this blog may remember as Federation’s Executive Vice-President from 1970-1981.  During the two years in the mid-1970s when New York City’s fiscal crisis was at its peak, Solender was simultaneously the chairman of the Community Council of Greater New York’s Task Force on the New York City Crisis.  Levy was the Staff Director of the task force, and the two corresponded and met regularly.  Levy’s memories of Solender in his oral history give a vivid picture of the kind of man Solender was during his Federation years.


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