Neville Levy (1892, New Orleans – April 13, 1974) was an American captain of the Navy.

Neville Levy
Died(1974-04-13)April 13, 1974
Alma materTulane University
Known forfounding Equitable Equipment Company
Spouse(s)Helen Adler
Betty Nan


Levy graduated from Tulane University in 1913 with a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering, He joined the army in 1917, where he served during World War I in the United States Army Air Corps and the Navy. He attended the Naval Submarine School at Annapolis in 1918. In 1921 he founded the Equitable Equipment Company, a shipbuilding firm. He received a commission in the Naval Reserve in 1921, where he served until 1941.

He served as Assistant District Personnel Officer for the Eighth Naval District from 1941 to 1946. He was Chairman of the Mississippi River Bridge Authority from 1950 to 1958. The Greater New Orleans Bridge was built under his oversight.

He served on the Board of Directors of New Orleans Public Library, the Navy League of the United States, International House Hotel, the Salvation Army, the U.S. Public Service Hospital, and Hotel Dieu. He was a member of the Audubon Park Commission.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He was the son of Emmanuel Levy, born in Duppigheim, and Selma Heidenheim, in a French Alsatian Jewish family.[2] Father of David Pokorny Levy,[3] who was assigned to the USS Miami (CL-89) during World War II and Betty Nan Levy who married Herman Obermayer. they had four daughters : Elizabeth, Helen, Veronica, anchor and reporter at KAMR-TV in Amarillo, Texas,[4] and Adele, married to the President of the World Bank Group, David Malpass.


  • 1957: Times-Picayune Loving Cup


  • Life magazine, Vol. 41, n° 3, 16 July 1956, P. 37
  • The Second Battle of New Orleans: A History of the Vieux Carré Riverfront Expressway Controversy, by Richard O. Baumbach, Jr., William E. Borah


  • Address made by Captain Neville Levy to the ladies of Le Petit Salon, by Neville Levy, 1953
  • Transactions - The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Volume 82, 1975
  • History of the Southern Yacht Club, by Scheib, Flora K., 1986
  • The Jewish Traveler: Hadassah Magazine's Guide to the World's Jewish Communities and Sights, by Alan M. Tigay, 1994
  • Frenchmen Desire Good Children And Other Streets Of New Orleans, by John Churchill Chase, 1997
  • The Jewish Community of New Orleans, by Irwin Lachoff, 2005
  • Mayor Victor H. Schiro: New Orleans in Transition, 1961–1970, by Edward F. Haas, 2014

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