Deceased September 19, 2022
Victor passed away in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 19, 2022, a day after his 88th birthday. Raised in Cleveland, he was one of four children, including a twin brother, Edward. He graduated from Heights High before entering Amherst in 1952. There, a poli sci major, he played football, wrestled and ran track. He also was in the law society and Intramural Council. He earned his law degree from Michigan in 1959 and moved back to Columbus to work for the Ohio attorney general. There he met Cookie Gelin, his irrepressible bride-to-be. Smitten, they were soon married.
In private law practice, Victor became counsel for The Limited, Inc., took them public and sat on their board. The athlete in Vic loved playing many sports, including tennis, skiing, swimming and his beloved Sunday-morning paddle tennis game. He had a particular passion for opera and was an avid reader and collector with a penchant for all things Western—especially Zane Grey novels and Navajo rugs.
He dedicated time to Amherst College alumni relations and his great class of 1956, along with fundraising and board leadership for the Leukemia Society and Jewish Family Services, always with consummate kibitzer and hostess Cookie by his side as the quintessential entertainer.
Predeceased by Cookie, he is survived by Marla Krupman (Dan Bernstein) of Chicago; Andrea Krupman (Joe Powell) of Columbus; and Jeff Krupman (Robin Reilly) of Sausalito, Calif. No grandkids, but a host of grandpets; like his dad before him, Victor never met a dog he didn’t like. He was loved by many friends and family and will be forever missed.
Peter Levison ’56