Jeff and Fran Levy

Community and Family

Jeff and Fran LevyJeff Levy and his wife, Fran, grew up in families that stressed the importance of education. Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Hunter College and his doctorate from Adelphi University. Fran earned her undergraduate degree from Long Island University and her M.S., Ed.M., and Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University. They both became passionate about education — Fran at the elementary level and Jeff at the university level.

Fran started as a reading teacher and became a beloved principal in the Union City School System. Jeff started as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Seton Hall and chaired the department from 1984 to 2008. Combined, they taught for more than 85 years and have been married for 50.

Seton Hall has been a home to them since 1972. “When I was hired, Fran and I were immediately welcomed to Seton Hall and the Department of Psychology. The University has been like a community and the department like a family,” Jeff said.

Through the years, Jeff obtained tremendous satisfaction through teaching, advising and observing Seton Hall students grow as they explored educational and vocational pursuits. For that reason — and due to his lifelong appreciation for the field of psychology — he and Fran decided to leave their legacy at Seton Hall.

First they established the Jeff and Fran Levy Fellowship to help students pursuing psychology-related master’s degrees. They then made a bequest intention in their wills to eventually endow that fellowship. “My mother always said, ‘If you see a way of making something better, it is your responsibility to try,’” Jeff said. “That is what Fran and I are doing.”

Jeff has joined Fran in retirement, but they will not be slowing down anytime soon. They are looking to continue their road trips, spend time in their beloved Laurentian Mountains and complete the latest editions of Jeff’s books: Adaptive Learning and the Human Condition, originally published by Pearson in 2013, and Psychology: The Science of Human Potential, published as an open-source textbook in 2020.

At a Glance: Bequests

  • Charitable bequests are made by naming Seton Hall as a beneficiary in your will or living trust. This type of gift does not affect your cash flow.
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