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educator , historian

Walter David Lewis, American historian, educator. Grantee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1973-1979, 80-82, Delta Airlines Foundation 1973-1979, Eleutherian Mills History Library., 1970-1973, 80; postdoctoral fellow National Humanities Institute, University Chicago, 1978-1979, Mellon fellow Virginia History Society, 1988, 89, 92; recipient Leonardo da Vinci medal, Society History Technology, 1993.


Lewis, Walter David was born on June 24, 1931 in Towanda, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Gordon Cleon and Eleanor Esther (Tobias) Lewis.


Bachelor cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, 1952. Master of Arts, Pennsylvania State University, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1961.


Instructor public speaking, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, 1954-1957;fellowship coordinator, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation, Wilmington, Delawarealso lecturer history, U. Delaware, 1959-1965;associate professor of history, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1965-1971;professor, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1971;Hudson professor of history and engineering, Auburn (Alabama) U., 1971-1995;distinguished University professor, Auburn (Alabama) U., since 1994. Director university project technical, human values and southern future, 1974-1979. Senior fellow in American civilization Cornell Univercity, 1958-1959.

Visiting professor of history University Texas-Dallas, summer 1982, 83, 84. President, director conference on history of civil and commercial aviation (ICCA 92), Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1992. Charles A. Lindbergh professor of aerospace history National Air and Space Museum, 1993-1994.



Member Society History Technology, Alabama History Association, Lexington Group Transportation Historians, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Carolyn Wyatt Brown, June 12, 1954 (divorced 1980). Children: Daniel Kent, Virginia Lorraine, Nancy Ellyn. Married Patricia L. Freeman, April 26, 1986.

Gordon Cleon Lewis

Eleanor Esther (Tobias) Lewis

Carolyn Wyatt Brown

Patricia L. Freeman

Daniel Kent Lewis

Virginia Lorraine Lewis

Nancy Ellyn Lewis