APMA is deeply saddened to share the news that former Deputy Executive Director and COO Jay Levrio, PhD, has passed away. Dr. Levrio died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 30.
Dr. Levrio began his service to the profession in 1980 when he joined the staff of CPME. Forty-one years later, in the summer of 2021, he retired as the deputy executive director and chief operating officer of APMA. Over the intervening four decades, Dr. Levrio ascended into the leadership first of CPME and then of APMA, establishing a reputation for shrewd intelligence, dry humor, and unassuming kindness.
Dr. Levrio grew up in Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University and completed his PhD at the University of Maryland. Dr. Levrio left CPME in 1997, but just a year later, Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, then the newly appointed APMA executive director and CEO, persuaded him to return to the profession as deputy executive director at APMA.
During his exceptional career with APMA, Dr. Levrio oversaw everything from APMA’s governance processes to human resources. He made the decision to retire in 2021 after being diagnosed with a serious illness. He is survived by his wife Mary Beth and their children, Miles and Emma.
During his long career, Dr. Levrio worked with hundreds of member leaders and volunteers, as well as staff. In the November-December 2021 issue of APMA News, we collected their stories and memories, sharing in their own words the extraordinary impact Dr. Levrio had on individuals and the profession as whole. Please read their thoughts and join us in honoring Dr. Levrio and his remarkable legacy.
Donations in Dr. Levrio's memory can be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation.