Lewis R. Knox

Lewis R. Knox, D.D.S., M.S.
Lewis R. Knox, D.D.S., M.S., 76, of Emmaus, after being ill, died at home with his family and returned to God on Holy Saturday, April 23, 2011. Born on May 30, 1934 and raised in Helena, MT, he attended local schools where he became well known for his thespian ability for the God-given gift of a beautiful tenor voice. Also an accomplished accordionist while still in his teens, he had twice appeared on The National Horace Heidt American Way Talent Search, a 50s version of American Idol, for voice and accordion, an instrument which he both studied and taught. Either as a soloist or as a duo he formed with a drummer, he entertained throughout the city. Lew worked at Helenas Radio Station KCAP, where he closed the nightly airways with his Nightcap of Music show. A single appearance at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, NV, provided a special memory. A young man who enjoyed balancing many disparate interests, Lew also worked for his parents in the Knox Flower Shop and as a draftsman for the State Highway Department. He entered Montana State University at Missoula, planning to pursue a career in music. Redirecting the path he chose to walk, he completed pre-dental studies at Carroll College, Helena, where he was selected for Whos Who in Colleges and Universities. He graduated from Marquette University Dental School, Milwaukee, WI, and completed his internship and residency in Periodontics at Wood Veterans Hospital, Milwaukee, in conjunction with Marquette. To finance his education, Lew worked several part-time jobs, among which he did cancer research at Wood Veterans Hospital. At the time of graduation and receipt of his D.D.S., M.S. Degrees, he was given the class distinction for his medical excellence. In 1963 Dr. Knox was named an Associate in Periodontics Graduate School of The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Upon the sudden airline tragedy and the death of Dr. Robert Gilbert, Lew continued Dr. Gilberts periodontal practice in Allentown while still serving as part-time associate in the Periodontics Undergraduate Clinic of The University of Pennsylvania until 1976. As one of the founding fathers of the Dental Department of Allentown Hospital, Dr. Knox served as the Chief of the Periodontal Department from 1969-1971. He likewise served as part-time teaching staff for the Dental Department of Sacred Heart Hospital, where the students honored him as an outstanding teacher. He loved teaching and was a frequent lecturer early in his career. Sharing knowledge was a life-long passion. Dr. Knox served as President of The Lehigh County Dental Society from 1974-75. He was awarded lifetime membership in The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Periodontics. He highly respected and valued the medical professionals and staffs with whom he associated and shared close cooperation in the mutual care and concern for patients whom he considered as important as family. He was a pioneer in implants in the Lehigh Valley. While continuing to practice his profession, Dr. Knox concurrently served for many years in the Army Reserve, receiving an Honorable Discharge and attaining the rank of Captain. The beauty of song, however, always permeated his life and soothed his soul. Over the years he appeared with or was a member of The Bethlehem Bach Choir, Allentown Municipal Opera, George Boyers Summer Harmony, The Milwaukee Youth Orchestra, The Missoula Mendelssohn Choir International Choral Festival, The Allentown Diocesan Choir, The Allentown Christ Lutheran Choir, The Allentown Covenant Choir, The Allentown Symphony Choir, The Adult Choir at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Salisbury Township, where he served as a Cantor. In 2004 at the Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem, he released a CD entitled Yours Truly, Lew, a collection of famous ballads and love songs. A man of eclectic talents, among his various interests, Lew loved photography, recording, bench rest target shooting and bullet making, motorcycling, trailering, tying flies and fly fishing in the waters of Montana. Events and interests in life offer some insight into what a person may have accomplished: they do not reveal who he has become. A deeply devout, kind and generous man with a contagious smile, Lew demanded much of himself, much less of others. He was grateful for the smallest kindness shown to him as wonderful, perfect, a blessing from God. He considered all the events of his life as blessings from almighty God and spoke often of Gods beneficent goodness to his family. Injustice of any kind disheartened him, especially the plight of the American Indian. He was passionately Pro-Life, Pro-Faith and Family, often questioning if there was anything for someone that he could have done that he hadnt. He greeted and parted from others with his customary God Bless You! or Is there anything I can do for you? He traveled twice to Medjugorje, the site of the Blessed Mothers appearances. On one trip he accompanied Dr. Chapman of Bethlehem to aid transporting medical and dental equipment. A favorite among the singing roles which Lew loved, was that of the prince in the musical The Student Prince, which toured several Montana cities. This mortal, lovable prince, a multi-tasker who had a zest for life and a drive to give his best, goes now to meet his maker, the truly ...WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE, Isiah 9:6. Survivors: Family include his wife, the former Patricia Kelly of Butte, MT with whom he celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2010; their oldest daughter, Mary Carroll Knox, Esq. of Spokane, WA; their youngest daughter, Tricia Knox-Kutz of Nampa, ID; granddaughter, Kelly Kutz Wolfinger wife of Brad Wolfinger of Coeur dAlene, ID; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Caplis wife of James Caplis of Missoula, MT; nephews; nieces; grand nephews and grand nieces. Dr. Knox was predeceased by his middle daughter, Eileen Knox who died January 6, 2010. In addition to his daughter he was predeceased by his parents, Lewis R. Knox, Sr. and Helen (Grossman) Knox McPherson and a brother, Charles Edgar Knox. Services: Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011 in St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Friday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th & Hamilton Sts., Allentown and 8:30-9:15 a.m. Saturday in the church. Recitation of the Rosary 9:15 a.m. Saturday in the church. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Thomas More Adult Choir, c/o the church, 18103 or to any Pro-Life Organization of choice.

Published in Morning Call from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2011