The Family of  Dr. Lincoln Vernon Lewis

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Dr. Lincoln Vernon Lewis, beloved educator, university administrator, and community leader of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away gently Saturday, July 26, 2014, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Anguilla, West Indies on June 8, 1929, Dr. Lewis made Charlottesville his home in 1988. His wife, the late Josepheta Mary Lewis, preceded him in death in 1991. The son of the late Mena Elizabeth Hodge and Samuel Lewis and the eldest grandson of the late Mary Caroline and Joseph Benjamin Hodge. Dr. Lewis received his elementary and high school education in Anguilla and St. Kitts. As a young man, he worked at the Lago Oil and Transport Company refinery in Aruba. After winning the refinery’s prestigious educational scholarship in 1960, Dr. Lewis earned his B.A. in 1964 and M.B.A. in 1966 from Cornell University. He completed a program for health systems management at Harvard University in 1972 and a financial resources management program at the University of Virginia in 1973. Dr. Lewis earned his Ph.D. in Education in 1980 from Indiana University.

Dr. Lewis devoted most of his career to promoting diversity in higher education. Before leaving Cornell, he developed a pilot recruiting plan to attract minority students to the Ivy League schools, an effort which has since been institutionalized on a large scale. In 1970, he developed and implemented Yale University’s first affirmative plan. He provided consulting services to several colleges and universities in establishing similar programs. Between 1971 and 1975, Dr. Lewis served as Manager of Special Programs at Yale University, where he focused on equal opportunity and affirmative action, and at the same time he served as Administrator of Hill Health Center, a neighborhood health care center in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1976, Dr. Lewis joined Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as its Director of Affirmative Action. In 1988, Dr. Lewis joined the University of Virginia as Advisor to the President-Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action. Dr. Lewis also held faculty teaching positions at Yale University in health care delivery, Indiana University in business administration, and the University of Virginia in its Curry School of Education.

Following his retirement from UVA as Professor Emeritus and Administrator in 1995, Dr. Lewis remained active in the University community. Regarded as insightful, fair and caring, Dr. Lewis served as President of the UVA Retired Faculty Association from 2010–2012, on a University strategic planning committee focused on faculty recruitment, retention and development, and on the UVA Health Sciences Board.

Dr. Lewis was also active in civic and community affairs in Charlottesville/Albemarle County. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, serving as President of the Senior Ministry from 2010-2014, and several terms as Junior Warden and then Senior Warden. Dr. Lewis served as President of the Albemarle County Social Services Board and on its board, as a member of the Piedmont Council of the Arts Board, and as President of the Ashcroft Neighborhood Association. Most recently, Dr. Lewis served as Director-At-Large of the Board of the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, an organization dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap of African American boys in grades K­–12, where he had also been a member of the Education Committee, Development Committee, and Public Relations Committee, served as Advisor and Acting Secretary of the Collegiate 100 Chapter at UVA, mentored young African American boys, and served as a role model for all brothers of the organization. Dr. Lewis was a life member of the NAACP and headed its Charlottesville–Albemarle Branch Legal Redress Committee until 2012. His role as a skillful negotiator and peacemaker is legendary.

One of Dr. Lewis’ proudest moments was delivering the Walter G. Hodge Memorial Anguilla Day Lecture in 2003, a lecture marking Anguilla’s most important national holiday and named for Dr. Lewis’ uncle who was a prominent figure in securing Anguilla’s self-determination.

Dr. Lewis is survived by his daughter, Caroline Lewis Wolverton and her husband, Charles D. Wolverton, II of Washington, D.C.; grandsons Zachary, Walter, and Matthew Wolverton; brother-in-law, Warren Tuggle and his wife Jean Tuggle of Punta Gorda, Florida; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families living in Anguilla, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Alabama, Maryland, and Florida; and his long-time loving friend, Dr. Beverly Colwell Adams of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Lewis was also an avid golfer, a runner, and quite a dancer.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Rd E. in Charlottesville.

The Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1042 Preston Avenue in Charlottesville.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Dr. Lewis’ memory may be made to the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 8226, Charlottesville, VA 22906, and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund,

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements