Dr. Brian K. Lewis

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Dr. Brian K. Lewis, 84, a long-time resident of Sarasota, Fla., passed away at home July 27, 2017, after a very brief battle with melanoma.

Brian was born on Sept. 2, 1932, in Durban, South Africa, to Isabel and Arthur Lewis. He graduated from DeGraff High School in 1950 and continued on to earn a bachelor of science in education from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in physiology and endocrinology from Tufts University.

He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy for eight years, before starting a second career as a scientist and an educator. He was a research scientist at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati, and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. He went on to professorships at Grand Valley State College in Michigan, and the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he also served as the chairman of the Department of Physiology.

After retiring from teaching he became an entrepreneur, owning a computer consulting business for 20 years. He took great pride in serving the community, both individuals and organizations, and sharing his computer knowledge.

Brian had a lifelong love of sailing and music. During his 33 years in Sarasota, he sang with the Meadows Chorus, the Village Walk Chorus, St. Andrew UCC Church Choir, and barbershop groups in Sarasota and Manatee.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helen Kidwell Lewis; his four sons, Brian (Janice), James (Leslie), Charles (Michelle) and Robert; his two daughters, Carol and Sharon (Jeremy); 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all.

A memorial service begins at 1 p.m. Aug. 12, 2017, at St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Fla., with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew United Church of Christ or Tidewell Hospice.