COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - The Rev. Dr. W. Arthur Lewis, age 82, passed away September 12, 2013, in Georgia.
Son of the late Blanche Taylor Chase and George Peter Lewis he was born and raised in Princeton, N.J. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in management and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Rider College, a Master of Arts degree in religion from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
With an extraordinary dual professional career, Dr. Lewis touched many lives through the New Jersey state government and ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. After an honorary discharge from the United States Air Force, he pursued a 30 plus year career in public service in New Jersey with a special emphasis on employment training and economic empowerment. He worked for the New Jersey Department of Labor as an employment office assistant; he was the director of the Public Service Career Program, director of the Division of Human Resources and assistant commissioner for Human Affairs in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; and director of African American Affairs in the governor's office.
Dr. Lewis pastored three Lutheran churches: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (Philadelphia), Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church (Philadelphia), and The Lutheran Church of the Atonement (Atlana). He served as director of the following organizations: Opportunities Industrialization Center (Philadelphia), Lutheran Children and Family Services (Philadelphia), Church and Community Development for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Chicago), The Lutheran Council of Tidewater (Norfolk, Va.), and Lutheran Theological Center (Atlanta). Dr. Lewis held faculty positions at Hampton University (Hampton, Va.), Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, S.C.), and Interdenominational Theological Seminary (Atlanta). Additionally, he was an appointed member of the Rowan State University Board of Trustees (Glassboro, N.J.) and 3-term elected member of the Evesham Township Board of Education (Marlton, N.J.).
Dr. Lewis was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and served on various civic and religious boards. Known for his love of people, Dr. Lewis assisted and positively impacted many individuals. He received numerous awards and accolades for his public service and ministry through the years.
Dr. Lewis was a servant of God and a man of integrity. A man dedicated to his family, he leaves to cherish his memory, a wife of 43 years, Rose Lewis; two daughters, Adrienne Lewis Richardson and Andrea Lewis; five grandchildren, Gerald Richardson II, Makela Richardson, Markita Richardson, Christian Lewis Johnson, and Alexander Lewis Johnson; sister, Maryanne Lewis Moxie (Nigel); brother, George Lewis (Cheryl); sister-in-law Dorothy Taylor; special brother-cousin Robert Eugene Harmon; Sabrina El Amin; five nieces and two nephews; and a host of great-nieces and -nephews, cousins, friends, church members, neighbors and former students.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, N.J. Calling hours will be from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church. Interment Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, N.J. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.