And so it went, around the room - Herb Levi
was told to work on theridiids, Martin Muma was directed to work on coelotines, etc, etc, until it was Pertunkevitch's turn.
In the 1930's several arachnologists appeared who would be a major impact on the shape of Arachnology for the rest of the century: Willis Gertsch, Harriet Exline, Wilton Ivie, Benjamin J. Kaston, Arthur Chickering, Herb Levi
, Evert Schlinger, Stanley Mulaik, and Howard K.Wallace.
In1938 a young man emigrated from Germany to New York with his
could speak no English so he
was sent to public high school to learn the language.
also enrolled in the Art Students League
, which he
attended at night.
A year or two later he worked as a lab assistant in his uncle's textile mill in Shelton Connecticut.
When War broke out in 1941 Levi
was drafted, but rejected as an enemy alien and restricted to Shelton.
However, Shelton was close to New Haven, and Levi
went to Yale Library
and was permitted to use of the library.
borrowed books of natural history and found McCook's American Spiders
In 1943 he decided to go to college and tried Harvard, but didn't get admitted, so instead went to the University of Connecticut.
studied chemistry and zoology.
could get course credit by exam, which he
did for German and Art, but got failing grades in English.
took a class from John Rankin in invertebrate zoology, mostly covering marine phyla.
Rankin asked Levi
to lecture on arachnids.
Rankin also hired Levi
to illustrate his Hemiptera of Connecticut.
graduated in 3 years and went on to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin
took various courses in biology, with an emphasis on invertebrates, but systematics was not permitted.
In 1949 he
PhD thesis on pseudoscorpions, got married to Lorna Rose and took a job in Wasau Wisconsin, an extension of the University.
taught in Madison and became tenured.
At meetings and during travels he
met many other spider workers including Archer
, Exline, Kaston, Gertsch, Petrunkevitch, Ivie, and Mulaik.
Herb Levi and Beatrice Vogel
In 1956, Harvard offered Levi a job as curator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, with no student contact, at half his Wisconsin salary.
decided to try it for a year and look for a better job.
Jon Reiskind received his PhD from Levi in 1968 and was a professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Platnick was a student of Levi and was just finishing his PhD thesis.
Directors: Herb Levi, Bea Vogel, Willis Gertsch.