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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree Upon Philanthropist and Businessman Gustave S. Levey

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree Upon Philanthropist and Businessman Gustave S. Levey

July 11, 2008

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HOUSTON, August 4, 2010 — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is presenting philanthropist and businessman Gustave S. Levey with a prestigious honorary doctoral degree at a ceremony taking place Sunday, August 8, 2010. The Greater Texas Region of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) is hosting the event at the Houston Intercontinental Hotel.

Gus Levey, both lawyer and inventor, has been a longtime proponent of solar energy initiatives, which have helped position Ben-Gurion University as a global leader in alternative energy technology. In addition to his foresight as a major supporter of BGU’s initiatives in this area, he has also been instrumental in securing important patents for BGU in the solar energy arena.

“Many years ago, Gus saw that alternative energy technology would become an important strategic asset to Israel and provided immeasurable support in establishing BGU in this field,” says BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. “He is a brilliant, generous and humble man who has been a longstanding philanthropic supporter of Israel, as well as the Houston community and is most deserving of receiving the University’s highest honorary award.”

Gus is president of GSL Investments, Inc., a Houston real estate company.  He also founded Speeflo Corporation, which manufactured gas, electric powered paint sprayers.  He sold the company and secured 19 patents, some of which have revolutionized the spray-painting industry. 

Gus Levey has been able to combine his philanthropic interest in education with his real estate acumen, converting several Houston commercial buildings into schools.  Gus and his wife Marjorie also underwrote the Marjorie and Gustave Levey Dormitory located on the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) Dormitory Complex in Beer-Sheva.

Levey began his education at Wichita University and then served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his service, he earned a B.S. in economics and a law degree from the University of Houston.

For event information contact AABGU Regional Director Deborah Bergeron at texas@aabgu.org or (713) 522-8284.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) celebrates its 50th birthday this year, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond.

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