Aaron Leavitt, M.D., of Lenox

Aaron M. Leavitt M.D., 89, of Lenox died peacefully Friday, May 22, from natural causes with his loving family by his side.

Aaron Leavitt, M.D.

Born Nov. 25, 1930, in Springfield to the late Morris and Sophie Metz Leavitt, he attended Springfield schools, graduating from Classical High School. After high school, Aaron attended Chicago Medical School, where he earned his doctorate in medicine. He earned his law degree later in life from Western New England College.

Aaron joined the U.S. Navy in 1963 and was honorably discharged in 1965.

Aaron was the proud founder in 1965 of Valley Psychiatric Services in Springfield until his retirement in 2015. He devoted his life to helping those with mental illness, particularly those who fell through the governmental safety net. He enjoyed cooking, was a Red Sox and Patriots fan, and an avid reader. He doted on his wife, children, grandchildren and dogs.

Dr. Leavitt married Elinor “Lynne” Stein in 1953 in Springfield.

Besides his loving wife of 67 years, he is survived by his children: Mark Leavitt (Taryn) of New York, New York, Robert Leavitt M.D. (Donna Fisher M.D.) of Longmeadow, Joyce Leavitt (Grant Fine) of Orinda, California, and Peter Leavitt (Marie) of Falmouth, Maine; 13 grandchildren: Alec and Perry Leavitt, Samuel, Benjamin and Lucille Leavitt, Breton Boudreaux (Samantha), Eric Boudreaux (Jennifer), Todd Boudreaux, Nicolette (Shaun Willkenfield), Coleman and Isabel Fine, and Jacob and James Leavitt; three great-grandchildren: Beatrix, Sabine and Rae Boudreaux; and brother Stanley Leavitt and wife Cynthia of Connecticut.

Services for Dr. Aaron M. Leavitt will be private. Burial will be held in Sinai Temple Memorial Park in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Aaron’s memory may be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness in care of the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240. To share memories and stories, visit rochefuneralhome.com.