[Marxism] Richard Levins

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 22 17:10:27 MST 2016

Richard didn't post that often on Marxmail but when he did, it was 
usually of some gravity. This was occasioned on the death of his wife , 
who was as important to the left as he was.

> On 3/28/11 7:27 AM, "Aurora Levins Morales" <aurora <at> historica.us> wrote:
> Rosario Morales, pioneering Puerto Rican feminist writer, died in her home
> on March 23, 2011 from multiple myeloma.  Born in 1930, Rosario grew up in
> the South Bronx, New York City, in a working class home.  She attended
> Hunter College in the late 1940s, where her interests in science and social
> justice led her to join the Communist Party.  In 1950 she married Richard
> Levins and the couple moved to Indiera Baja, Maricao in the coffee farming
> region of Puerto Rico.  Blacklisted as communists, they farmed, organized
> and raised three children.  In 1956 they returned to New York to study.
> Rosario studied psychology and biology at City College of New York, and art
> with Hugo Gellert and at the New School.  She graduated in 1959, and
> returned to Puerto Rico with her family in 1960.   There she pursued her
> interests in evolutionary anthropology, art and botany, and the education of
> her children, while her husband taught biology.  When he was forced out of
> the University of Puerto Rico for his political activism, they moved to
> Chicago and Rosario studied anthropology at the University of Chicago.  Her
> M.A. thesis was a devastating critique of Claude Levi‑Strauss, idolized at
> the time by many American anthropologists.  This prevented her from pursuing
> a doctorate.  In Chicago, she was a leader in student, anti‑war and feminist
> organizations.  She and her daughter Aurora were the oldest and youngest
> members of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union.  In 1975, she and her
> husband moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was part of the upsurge
> of women of color feminist writers.  She was a contributor to the
> groundbreaking collection *This Bridge Called My Back*, and her work
> appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  In 1986, she and her
> daughter Aurora Levins Morales wrote *Getting Home Alive,* hailed as a
> landmark in US Puerto Rican literature.  She had wide‑ranging interests in
> science, politics and the arts.  She worked for two years with her husband
> at the Harvard School of Public Health, was an active writer and performer,
> and an accomplished fabric artist.  She was  a member of the Women’s
> Community Cancer Project, which pioneered research, education and organizing
> on the environmental causes of cancer, exposing the role of corporate greed
> in toxic pollution.  She passed through many organizations and pursued a
> wide range of interests, all of them consistent with her feminism, Marxism,
> her identity as a Puerto Rican independendist woman and her love of art and
> nature, especially lizards, birds and bromeliads.  She is survived by her
> husband Richard Levins, her sister Gloria, her children Aurora, Ricardo and
> Alejandro and grandchildren Olivia, Alicia, Manuel, Emilio and Nico.  There
> will be a public celebration of her life on May 7, 2011 in Cambridge,
> location TBA.
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> Richard Levins
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