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Dr. Joseph Daniel Lewis Obituary

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LEWIS, Dr. Joseph Daniel a much loved man, entered into eternal life on October 26, 2010. He was born on October 19, 1930 to Joseph and Evelyn Lewis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Lewis attended public schools in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Financially unable to enroll in college, upon graduation from Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh in 1948 he attempted to join the United States Navy but declined enlistment when told that he was only qualified to work in the mess hall. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force, ultimately serving as Intelligence Specialist at Far East Air Force Base, Tokyo, Japan . After six years he was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant at Lake Charles AFB. His Air Force awards included the Good Conduct Award, a Presidential Citation Award from the Republic of Korea , the United Nations Korean Service Award, and the Commendation Medal. In 1972, Dr. Lewis achieved his goal of serving in the Navy when he received a direct commission as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Ready Reserve. He served as Campus Liaison Officer, Naval Academy Information Officer, and Recruiting District Assistance Council Chairman. He achieved the rank of Captain (06) and retired from the Navy in 1990. His honors include the US Navy Commendation Medal, Distinguished Service Award (US Naval Academy), and the US Navy Campus Liaison Officer of the Year (1973 &1974). Dr. Lewis began his stellar academic career by enrolling at The Ohio State University, from which he earned the BA and MA in history and the BS in social studies. He began his teaching career at Robinson Junior High School in Toledo in 1961, teaching social studies and French and coaching basketball - logging 62 wins and 3 losses in three years. In 1966 he began his college teaching career as an instructor at Central State University, ultimately achieving the rank of full professor. Ten years later he earned the PhD at the Union Institute and University. During his tenure at CSU he also served as Director of Upward Bound, Director of Student Support Services, and Dean of the University College. After retiring from CSU in 1996, the university granted him the honor of Professor Emeritus of History. After retiring he continued to teach and mentor students at Central State, Wilberforce, and Wittenberg Universities until 2003. He was dearly loved and revered by faculty, staff, administrators, and the many students whose lives he touched in these capacities and as mentor and friend. Dr. Lewis was also very active in fraternal and community organizations to which he brought wisdom, knowledge, vitality, and love of humanity. He was a distinguished member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in which he remained active until his death. He served as Vice Polemarch, chaired numerous committees, and in 2000 became historian of the East Central Province, serving until he became incapacitated. For nine years he served as advisor to Delta Zeta Chapter at CSU. He later became a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule). His other organizations include Black College Students United; Promoters of the Arts, Literature, and Sciences (PALS); Optimist Club; Assn. for Study of African American Life and History; National Oral History Assn.; NAACP; American Historical Assn.; Ohio Assn. for Educational Opportunity, Reserve Officers Assn.; the Military Officers Assn.; and Alpha Phi Theta International History Honor Society. He was preceded in death by his sister Josephine Anderson and daughter Iris Jean Lewis. He is survived by his devoted wife, Marletta E. Lewis. His surviving children include two sons: William Lewis (Eloise); Joseph D. Lewis, IV (Anne); five daughters: Yvette Lewis; Theresa Golden; Angela Sanders; Teresa Grigsby; special nephew whom he raised: John Gregory (Pam); stepdaughters: Traci Young; Tonya Pruitt (Timothy); Ronda Coleman (Rick); Ponice Woodson; and Balettera Butler (Darnell); niece and nephew: Paula Anderson and William Anderson, Jr.; grandsons: William Lewis; Luther McArn; Morgan McArn; Joseph Lewis,V; Daviye Golden; Bryce Golden; and Roderick Golden; Brandon Sanders; grand-daughters: Kirsti Thomas (Jason); Veronica Lewis; Samantha Irving; Kiesha Lewis; Christina Golden; and Marvis-Marie Golden; great-grandchildren: Jayson Gwinn, Jr.; Naomi, Imani, and Jason Thomas; Isis and Leigha Irving; Navi, Samiah, and Zoe McArn; William Anderson, III; stepsister: Sonya Rashid; devoted cousins: Anne D. Steiner; June and Richard Lewis; devoted mentee: Brenda Dewberry; and a host of other loving relatives and friends who will continue to revere and miss him. A perpetual teacher, Dr. Lewis donated his body to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Anatomical Gift Program. A spring memorial service will be in announced in March. Donations may be made to the Dr. Joseph D. Lewis Scholarship Fund at Central State University. The family is being served by the Robert C. Henry Funeral Home, Springfield, Ohio.

Published in Springfield News-Sun on Nov. 2, 2010
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