Bakersfield doctor retires at 96 after 73-year career

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – A Bakersfield doctor whose career began before World War II is finally hanging up his white coat. KBAK-TV says Dr. Norman Levan, who was an Army doctor in the Pacific during the war, plans to retire Monday at age 96 after a career spanning 73 years.

Since 1980, Levan has worked as a dermatologist in Bakersfield, where he moved after a stint as a medical professor at the University of Southern California. He’s kept seeing patients once a week into his 90s, but next week he plans to transfer his practice to another doctor.

Levan has been a major philanthropist in Bakersfield, last year giving $14 million to Bakersfield College. The doctor says he took the medical school entrance exam during the Depression “on a whim.”

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