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Edward Levin

Philadelphia, Pa. — Edward Levin died on Aug. 22, 2013, from a presumed pulmonary embolism. He was born March 17, 1947, in Boston, graduated from Newton High School, and in 1969 from Dartmouth College, where he was active in Students for a Democratic Society and an energetic protester against the Vietnam War. Following graduation he joined the Wooden Shoe Commune in Canaan, N.H.

Ed settled in Canaan with his first wife, Anita Walling, and built a small octagonal house and a timber framing workshop. Ed’s timber framing work eventually grew to become Paradigm Builders, a group of five craftsmen and designers in a limited production workshop.

In 1991, Ed left Canaan and timber framing production, moving to Hanover, N.H., where he continued to design timber frames, and married Nancy Speck, a scientist at Dartmouth Medical School. Ed moved to Philadelphia in 2008 when Nancy was appointed to the University of Pennsylvania faculty.

At first under his own name and then as principal of Paradigm Builders, Ed constructed or contributed to the design of numerous beautiful structures that grace the New England landscape, including the Dartmouth Skiway Lodge, the Proctor Academy Wilkens Meeting House, Green Woodlands Barn House, and the shelter pavilion in Cardigan Mountain State Park. Ed also contributed his designs and engineering experience to many partner projects of the Timber Framers Guild, a group that he was instrumental in founding. Ed was an eloquent and prolific writer for Timber Framing, and also published in Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding magazines.

Ed is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; daughters, Cora Rose Walling Levin, Maren Elizabeth (Speck) Cotes, and Caroline Lindegaard Speck; son, Jonathan Stanley (Nate) Levin; and brothers, Jeffrey and Andrew Levin. He is pre-deceased by his parents Stanley and Betty Lee Levin, and his close childhood friend Jonathan Mann.

A memorial service will celebrate Ed’s life on Sept. 7, 2013 in Canaan. A more extensive obituary and additional information can be found at www.tfguild.org.