Joseph W. LEWIS

LEWIS, Joseph W.

Son of Laura Belle Rigg Lewis and Joseph W. Lewis.

Born September 7, 1918, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, peacefully passed away on February 20, 2013, to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He leaves his beloved wife of 70 years, Anne Caroline Beech Lewis; three children, Joseph Walters Lewis, III, of Shoreline, Washington, John Rigg Lewis, of Los Alamitos, California, and Katharine Anne Lewis, of Rancho Santa Fe, California; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In 1929, when Joe was 10 years old, his family moved to San Marino, California, from Wilkinsburg. Joe attended South Pasadena / San Marino High School and graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Joe and Anne were married in 1943. Following Joe's service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Joe and Anne moved to San Marino and lived there for 66 years. In 1995, the San Marino Rotary Club selected Joe and Anne as San Marino's "Most Distinguished Couple" for their extraordinary service to their community. Joe was active as a leader in Cub Scouts (Cub Master), the San Marino Community Church (deacon, elder, and Men's Club), the San Marino City Council (Vice-Mayor), Community Chest (President), San Marino Board of Education (President), San Marino Rotary (President), and Caltech (Alumni President). In 1986, Joe was named "Outstanding Citizen of San Marino".

He was a vice-president at Beckman Instruments, Inc. and later owned and operated DBP Microwave, Inc. and DB Products, Inc..

According to Joe's wishes, people may contribute, in memory of Joseph W. Lewis, Jr., to the Caltech "Athenaeum Preservation Fund," 551 S. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106; or to the "Caltech Alumni Fund," 1200 E. California Boulevard, M-Code 5-32, Pasadena, CA 91125.

Services will be held Friday, March 1, 10:00 a.m., at Todd Memorial Chapel, 325 N. Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711.

Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 26, 2013