Social worker, teacher Eliot ‘Coach’ Levin rites set for Feb. 19

ELIOT SIMON LEVIN, died peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  He was 74.

A social worker, he spent more than three decades doing what he loved most; helping people in all walks of life.


“Coach” was a New Orleans native, who lived his entire life in the city he dearly loved. He was a perpetual student, beginning his studies at Robert E. Lee Elementary School and began to show academic excellence there and at later stops at McMain Jr. High School and  Benjamin Franklin Senior High School. 

Following some early studies at Tulane University, he transferred and graduated from Louisiana State University of New Orleans (UNO), where he earned a bachelor’s degree. 

He joined the teaching ranks at McDonough 35 Senior High School in 1967 as the only Caucasian faculty member. on staff. Later, he joined the staff at Sam Barth School in Metairie and stayed as a faculty member there when the institution was renamed Ecole Classique.

He was more than a teacher to his students. His love of people and authentic personality made him a favorite of all his students even those who were not easy to reach. He loved teaching and coaching, he loved his students, he loved helping young people, but he also knew he had more to give.

It was his passion for and skills at communicating with people that lead him to pursue his Master’s Degree in Social Work at Tulane University. 

Levin is survived by his wife of 37 years Donna; his four children Tish (Daniel), Mindy, Stephen (Jackie) and Ladd (Rosanna); brothers David of Bet Shemesh, Israel and Jonathan (Davida) of Atlanta, GA. and seven grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to join in the celebration of his life at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Rabbi David Gerber will officiate. A graveside service will follow in Jewish Burial Rites Cemetery, 4321 Frenchman St.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation.

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