Harrie Francis Lewis, aged 101, of Kennett Square, PA, died on Thursday December 20, 2018 at Crosslands Community in Kennett Square, PA. He was the husband of the late Margaret Johnson Lewis who passed away in 2003 and with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.
Born in Yonkers, NY, in 1917 he was the only child of Meyer and Ada Lewis.
Harrie graduated from The Solebury School in New Hope, PA in 1937 and subsequently graduated cum laude from Harvard University. Following college he served in the United States Army during WWII. After his release from the Army, he and Margaret moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he taught Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh. After teaching for a number of years, Harrie was named Director of Market Research at Kauffman’s Department Store, which at the time was the leading department store in Pittsburgh.
In 1956 Harrie and family, by now consisting of wife Margaret, son Timothy, and daughter Jean moved to North Tarrytown, NY where he assumed management of the A. F. Lewis Co, a small family run business in New York City previously run by his father, Meyer. The company published directories and provided market research for the printing industry.
Harrie continued as president of the company until his retirement in 1982 after which his son, Timothy, assumed the title of the then thriving business. After retirement Harrie and Margaret took on consulting roles with the International Executive Service Corps and worked on assignments in both Zimbabwe and Bulgaria teaching technical and managerial skills to businesses in those developing countries. In 2006 Harrie was awarded a trade association Lifetime Achievement Award for “His tireless service to the industry [which] is matched by his dedicated advocacy of Industry education, and his commitment to a wide variety of worthy causes.”
In 1997 they moved first to Cartmel and then to Crosslands. After Margaret’s death in 2003, Harrie renewed a past friendship with Jeana Levinthal, his erstwhile high school sweetheart. Jeana and Harrie enjoyed participating in various Crossland activities and remained best of friends. In Harrie’s later years Jeana was especially supportive of Harrie and helped maintain his usual cheerful disposition.
Harrie was well-educated and curious, and actively pursued lifelong learning. He especially enjoyed reading, music, travel, and the outdoors. His sense of humor and broad world view made his companionship a true pleasure for his friends and admirers.
Harrie leaves behind son Timothy (Florine), daughter Jean (Jerry), grandson Mark (Heather) and great grandson Gavin as well as his dear friend Jeana Levinthal.
There will be a Memorial Service at Crosslands at a date to be determined within the next few months.
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