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Hobart D. Lewis

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Hobart D. Lewis, formerly of Bedford, NY died on April 1, 2011. He was 101 years old. Mr. Lewis graduated from Mercersburg Academy and Princeton University. In 1942 he began a long career working for Lila and Dewitt Wallace, founders of the Reader's Digest. He was an executive editor for 22 years and in 1961 he became vice president of the Digest. When the Wallaces retired in 1965, they handed the reins over to Hobart Lewis.

An article in Time Magazine dated 01/01/65 stated:

"Hobe Lewis was both the predicted and the predictable choice. When he came to the Digest in 1942, his only experience was in advertising; everything he learned about journalism he learned from the Wallaces. Lewis proved a good student and rose rapidly on the masthead. He had a thorough working knowledge of the business side of publishing, but he also became, say his colleagues, one of the best story editors in the business.

Lewis traveled with Richard Nixon's 1960 presidential campaign as the Wallaces' deputy, and in 1962 they began shifting some of their administrative burdens to him. He retired from the Reader's Digest in 1976.

Mr. Lewis was pre-deceased by his wife, Edith, and his daughter, Heather. He is survived by his loving family: Paul Lewis and his wife Jean, Linda Lewis Donn and her husband Dr. Anthony Donn and Timothy Lewis and his partner Richard McKeon. He is also survived by his grandchildren Beth Lewis Jackson, Kirsten Lewis Askildsen, Alexander Alexander Donn, and Cassin Donn Duncan; and one great-grandchild, Phoebe Donn.

A Memorial Service will be held on April 6 at 2:00 PM at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe Road (R.22), Bedford, NY. Memorial contributions can be made to Downtown Music at Grace, 33 Church Street, White Plains, NY 10601-1902 (

Clark Associates Funeral Home

4 Woods Bridge Road

Katonah, N.Y. 10956

(914) 232-3033


Published in the on Apr. 3, 2011
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