York countians have it down to a science, working with their hands and minds, Part II

York College of Pennsylvania’s John Levisky II, who died recently, was another in a long line of scientists who called York County home for all or part of their lives. Yorktownsquare.com is developing a list of such luminaries. The forensic anthropologist worked on the ‘Boston Strangler’ case, among many others. Also of interest: Working with their hands and minds, York countians have it down to a science.

John Levisky was a world renowned scientist, who made headlines in York County and elsewhere for his work. A York Daily Record/Sunday News obituary story runs down many of his cases.

He’s not alone as a scientist of renown in York County, past and present. (See below).

But we’ll let this newsmaker story from the York Sunday News give a summary:

An often-repeated phrase around the YDR newsroom is, “There’s always a York connection.” It’s amazing how often we’re able to find a Kevin Bacon-like local link to national news events.

John “Jack” Levisky II was that connection a number of times.

The York College professor of forensic anthropology played a role in several high-profile cases, including the exhumation of the remains of Albert DeSalvo, the confessed “Boston Strangler” – and the case of biochemist Frank Olson, who jumped out a window in 1953 after the CIA gave him LSD in a secret experiment.

He also helped investigate many local homicide cases.

And so, of course, Professor Levisky’s own death made news last week after he lost a battle with prostate cancer.

Rest in peace.

Other researchers with York County roots:

- Add Larry Bowers name to long list of scientists with York County, Pa., links
- Add Penn State researcher Herschel Leibowitz to long list of York countians who excelled in research.
- Two women with York County, Pa., roots excelled in the medical laboratory
- York, Pa.-born Edwin Shneidman, suicide prevention pioneer, dies in Los Angeles
- Pennsylvanian Daniel Drawbaugh: ‘The Edison of the Cumberland Valley’
- Area native shares Nobel for Medicine.
- Few know it, but digital computing’s first pioneer George Stibitz was born in York, Pa.
- Author with York County ties: Learned the brain inside and out in writing ‘How We Decide’
- Who was Phineas Davis of York City school fame?.
- Who was Edgar Fahs Smith of York City middle school fame?
York, Pa.’s link to the use of steroids in sports: ‘Pecs, pink pills and power’

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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