Dr. Hugh Bilson Lewis
August 23, 1940 – April 25, 2020
Hugh Bilson Lewis was born on August 23, 1940 and passed away on April 25, 2020 and is under the care of Vancouver Funeral Chapel.
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Dr. Hugh Bilson Lewis
May 31, 2020
To my wonderful and caring brother, Hugh. I am so very proud of you and all you have achieved. We have so many memories, I don’t know where to begin. As a young boy you were always so fascinated by animals. I will always remember that time coming home from school to find the family cat dissected on the kitchen table. A special thank you to you and Mair, we thoroughly enjoyed the “Lewis Tours” during our visit to America. Truly a trip of a lifetime. Mair, Nick and Ben, we send our love to you. Hugh was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed.
Love from the Hayes family
Gordon & Harriet Coppoc
May 28, 2020
It is impossible to express how much respect Harriet and I have for Hugh and Maier Lewis. My (GLC) relationship was through our leadership roles in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine — Hugh was the dean and I was a department head. Hugh was an intelligent, creative, visionary leader who helped transform our College in many ways. He was also a very kind, generous man who, along with Maier, helped many young people in times of need. Harriet and I greatly enjoyed the social interactions with Hugh and Maier as they created a positive environment in our College. We were sad when they left our community to continue their work in a larger sphere, but enjoyed their occasional trips back to West Lafayette. We are sad that we will not be able to enjoy his presence, even from afar, in the future. Thank you, Maier, our prayers are with you. Thank you Hugh for the positive memories.
May 27, 2020
My heart goes out to you dear Mair, for your loss.
Hugh was a marvelous human being and a joy to have an opportunity to chat with. I was very fortunate to sit with him, and you, at various events, and your wondrous conversation made the time fly by.
He will be deeply missed.
Much love to you,
May 15, 2020
Hugh certainly impacted my professional career as I moved from private practice to veterinary teaching hospital administration, a position I found more challenging than anticipated. Hugh was persistent in his support for me and offered help whenever he could. I appreciated his leadership, his counsel and his friendship. I offer sympathy and encouragement to the Lewis family. I am sorry for the loss but grateful for having known and worked with Dean Hugh Lewis.
May 6, 2020
My Dear Mair,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hugh. Only a few days ago, I was sharing a group photo of the Banfield family, that was taken at a team building exercise on the coast. There is a lovely shot of Hugh smiling out from the photo! That is what I remember the most was his gentle personality and his warm smile. I am so sorry for your loss and if there is anything I can do, please let me know. We are all here for you. Sending my heartfelt condolences. Sophie.
May 6, 2020
Mair so sorry to hear of Dr Lewis’ passing. He was a great man and it was an honor to know him. We enjoyed so many talks at Banfield. My heart goes out to you & your family. With much sympathy & love, Rena
May 5, 2020
How somebody who touches one life only tangentially at widely differing times can have such significance – I don't know. Hugh was a friend and colleague when I was young intern at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School (1968/9) and a respected haematologist. Much later, when I was trying to develop the first computer-based teaching system in tropical medicine globally (more than 20 years later), he and Mair hosted me in Purdue when I was visiting colleagues there. I still remember those two days. I learned so much about the US University system, attended an Presidents Council lunch and a ball game – memories I still carry with me. People shape one – and this visit, however brief, served as a positive influence on the person I am today. Thank you Hugh. Thank you Mair – thinking of you today with affection. Adrian Longstaffe.
May 5, 2020
I really liked Dean Lewis and his wife, Mair. They were so nice and really cared about the students. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I still remember helping to get ready for a Guy Fawkes bonfire at his home when I was a student. My sympathies to Mair and the Lewis family. Dr. Cindy Miller PUSVM Class of 1992.
May 5, 2020
I offer my sincere condolences. I am grateful for Dr. Lewis’ influence on my veterinary education, the Purdue SVM and the veterinary profession. May he Rest In Peace. Armando Irizarry PUSVM Class of 1996.
May 3, 2020
Dr. Lewis was the dean of Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine part of my years as a veterinary student there. His leadership skills were so strong yet always delivered in a thoughtful, soft spoken and inclusive manner. His respect for all nationalities and students had a positive impact on my career and life. I am forever grateful for the example and kindness he provided. My condolences to Mair and the Lewis family.
Raj Singh, Class of ‘90 PUCVM
May 2, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Mair and the family in the passing of Dr. Lewis. Professor Lewis was, indeed, one of the most sincere and kindest instructors to have as a veterinary student. I remember fondly his lectures (in that soft Welsh accent) and guidance in clinics. He truly enlivened clinical pathology for us.
The profession has lost a great leader and the world a gentle soul.
David Liggett, DVM '79
May 1, 2020
An amazing and incredibly intelligent man. He revitalized the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. How blessed we were to have him lead us!