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Former ASFO President Passes at age of 80

Former ASFO President Passes at age of 80

Dr. Philip Jay Levine, DDS, D-ABFO


Dr. Philip Jay Levine, 80, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 after a valiant fight with cancer. He fought to the very end with a determination to survive and possessed a positive attitude throughout his ordeal.

Phil was born in Nashville, TN and moved with his parents to Mobile, AL. He graduated from Murphy High School in 1951. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, his Masters from George Peabody College, and his Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Tennessee. He later received as MS (1995) and MSM (2005) from Troy University.

His private practice in general dentistry brought him to Pensacola in 1963 where he began his practice and treated his patients with utmost professional care for nearly 40 years. His practice later developed into that of an Endodontic dentist and then into Forensic Dentistry.

For those of us in the forensic dental field Phil was a mentor to many and possessed a very positive and supportive spirit. He received certification from the American Board of Forensic Odontology in 1992. He was also a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and served as President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology in 200-2001.

Dr. P.J. Levine truly made a difference in this world and he will be missed by all that knew him and loved him.

ASFO Dental Record Retention Position Paper

Right now, in the United States, there is a problem that every dentist can help with. As of July 1, 2014 there were 8,118 unidentified people reported by medical examiners and coroners to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Over eight thousand decedents are waiting to be identified, with countless more family members grieving for their loved ones.

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