Mayer Levy, of Seaford, Virginia, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech and then served in the U.S. Navy as an Aircraft Carrier Pilot. He later earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from Georgetown University. As a dental practitioner and educator, Levy taught and promoted the ethical practice of dentistry as mentor, professor, and lecturer throughout the United States. His private dental practice served his local community and with Missions of Mercy for decades and, in an effort to increase access to dental care for the citizens of Virginia, Levy promoted the insurance group Delta Dental of Virginia, where he has served in numerous leadership positions.
After he retired from his private practice, Levy turned his attention to the School of Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he serves as an adjunct faculty member. In recognition, he was named a Lifetime Honorary Alumnus of the V.C.U. School of Dentistry. Levy is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and an honorary Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Virginia Dental Association.
As the second of four Hokie generations and an avid supporter of Virginia Tech and the College of Science, Levy attended Virginia Tech on a Virginia Academy of Science Scholarship and has led by example through his service and philanthropy. He is active on the College of Science Dean’s Roundtable Advisory Board, serving as past chairman. Levy has served on the board of directors of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, as past president of the Peninsula Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, and is a charter member of the Highty-Tighty Alumni Band.
A member of Virginia Tech’s Ut Prosim Society, Levy established the Levy Family Judaic Studies Endowed Fund. Additionally, his annual support positively impacts numerous areas, including the College of Science, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Corp of Cadets, the Highty-Tighties, Hillel at Virginia Tech, and Virginia Tech Athletics. An active leader in his community, Levy has served in leadership roles for multiple civic and philanthropic organizations, including as past president of the Peninsula Dental Society, the James River Jaycees, and the York Chapter of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Levy received the Man of the Year Award from Temple Sinai Brotherhood in Newport News, Virginia, and the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.