Last weekend, Professor Donald Levine of the University of Chicago, a good friend of the Chicago Aikido Club, passed away on April 5 after a long period of illness. A professor of sociology, Professor Levine began studying aikido in his 40s, eventually receiving the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt) under the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU).
As head instructor of the University of Chicago Aikido Club from the late 1980s onward and through his undergraduate course Conflict Theory and Aikido, Professor Levine served as the conduit by which many young people first discovered and nurtured their interest in the martial art. He was also the founding president of Aiki Extensions, Inc., an organization that networks and supports individuals involved with “off-the-mat” aikido applications.
A service in memory of Professor Levine will be held at 1:00 pm on April 9 at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60615.