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Lewis Bryan(1918 - 2013)

Bryan, Lewis Calvin Lewis Calvin Bryan died on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the age of 94. Known for his sharp wit, Lew was an avid golfer and tennis player, winning championships in both sports. A Dallas resident since 1946, his early years in Arkansas preceded his move to New Orleans in 1930. A member of Phi Kappa Sigma, he graduated from Tulane University with a degree in business administration. Next began four years of naval service, including officer's training school, convoy duty in the South Atlantic, and submarine patrol in the North Atlantic. As commanding officer of Minesweeper 377, one of the lead ships at Normandy on D-Day, Lewis was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, as well as a French commendation. Returning to the states, he married his childhood friend, Lucy Jane Nunn, in Rochester, New York. A month later, Lew was ordered to the Pacific to command the USS Simon Newcomb at Okinawa. After his naval duty, they moved to Dallas, where he worked for Communications Industries for more than 20 years - as accountant, business manager and president of the subsidiary Communications Engineering Company. After retirement he became an independent business consultant with clients including West German investors. A member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Lew and Lucy taught Sunday School and served on the church administrative board. Survivors include Lewis' wife of 68 + years, daughters Janie and Becky, their husbands Tom Loveless and Ben Coleman, and four grandchildren. A 1 p.m. memorial service, Monday, Sept. 9, in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist, will follow private graveside services. Memorials may be made to the , the Highland Park United Methodist Church Music Ministry or the .

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Sept. 8, 2013
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