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the Israel War of Independence. Their
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His mother was a nurse from
Pittsburgh. Leonard Bernstein recruited
her to help Israel during the war. His
father was an engineer from South
Africa and volunteered to fight in the
army. After the war they settled in
Israel, living on a moshay.
The Levins became disenchanted
with communal life, shortly after Doron
was born and moved to South Africa.
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Doron Levin served in the
Israeli army and was a
paratrooper in the Yom
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NAME: Doron Paul Levin
OCCUPATION: Detroit Bureau Chief of
the New York Times
RESIDENCE: West Bloomfield
FAMILY: He is married to Adina Levin, a
teacher at Hillel Day School. Three
children: Guy, Libby and Elan. His
mother Ruth_Levin resides in Sarasota,
Fla. His sisters Karen and Alison also
live in Sarasota.
EDUCATION: B.A. degree from Cornell
University, majoring in American
history and master's in journalism from
ORGANIZATIONS: Jewish Community
FAVORITE BOOK: Doris Lessing and
Milan Kundera are favorite authors.
Appointment in Samara by John O'Hara
HOBBIES: Squash, skiing and movies
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: "Finishing
Irreconcilable Differences." Irreconcilable
Differences: Ross Perot versus General
Motors (Little Brown) chronicles the ill-
fated merger of Ross Perot and his
company, the Electronic Data Systems
Corp., with the General Motors Corp.
under the helm of Roger Smith.
PHILOSOPHY: "Don't worry too much
about things you can't control?'
BACKGROUND: Doron Levin was born in
Israel on Moshav Habonim near Haifa.
His parents, Basil and Ruth, met during
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They stayed in South Africa a few years,
but due to the political climate there,
they moved to Pittsburgh.
As an engineer, Basil Levin was
employed with the steel industry. At one
point he was transferred to New Jersey
but returned to Pittsburgh.
As a youngster, Doron was active in
Jewish organizations. He was president
of his temple youth group and enjoyed
traveling to Israel.
In 1968, he was graduated from Mt.
Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh and
entered Cornell University. During his
junior year, he attended Hebrew
University. After graduating from
Cornell in 1972, he began working as a
journalist in Sarasota.
At age 22, he decided to live and
work in Israel. "My roots were in Israel.
Although, I never lived there, my
heritage was there?'
In Israel, he was eligible for the
draft and entered the army. He was in
the army for three years and was a
paratrooper in the Yom Kippur War. He
spent his last year in the army as a
press attache for the foreign press.
During this time, he met his wife
Adina, a captain in the army.
Reflecting on his war years, Levin
believes he was not a good soldier due
to his failure at regimentation. "I have
a healthy disrespect for authority. It's
great for a journalist and lousy for a
After the war, he and his wife
settled in the United States so he could
attend the Columbia School of
Journalism. After receiving a master's
degree he worked in Bradenton, Fla.,
and then at the St. Petersburg Times.
He began stringing for the Wall Street
Journal and received an offer to work
for the Journal based in Pittsburgh. He
lived in Pittsburgh for three years
before being transferred to Detroit.
While in Detroit, he often covered
automotive stories, including the merger