Dr. John Levinson’s study in Rockland is stuffed with mementos of his life: carvings and decorations from his time volunteering in Vietnam; ivory from his adventures to the poles; paintings depicting one of the most remote places on earth, the south Atlantic Ocean’s Bouvet Island — the one place he says he has never been.
The 81-year-old Atlantic City native said that when he was in high school during World War II, he wanted to be a sailor.
“Like most every kid I knew at that age, we all wanted to join the service,” he said. But at 16 his parents thought he was too young, and so he spent a year at Lafayette College. Just before his eighteenth birthday, he joined the Navy and became a pharmacist’s mate.