Doctor Lewis at the speakers' table at one of the many Lafayette College furwtions. Left to right
are: Mrs. Lewis, Governor James of Pennsylvania, President Lewis, Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce, Judge WilUam H. Kirkpatrick, President of the Lafayette College Board of Trustees, and
A Great Man, A Strong Leader
By DEAN A Dickinson
OTHING could be more unfortunate for SCROLL and its readers than an autobiography of Dr.
William Mather Lewis, Knox '00, elected
President of Phi Delta Theta at the Chicago convention in August. Such is his
modesty that only a fragment of the
story would be told. His is a life much
too interesting to confine to a thumbnail.
An autobiography might be sketchy
but it would not be dull, thanks to
Brother Lewis' appealing sense of humor. He wrote and directed plays performed in leading Chicago theaters.
"Just once," he adds. He was mayor of
Lake Forest, Illinois, "a position with
no salary and plenty of headaches,
murders, suicides volunteer fire
department." His first salary as a teacher
was $300 a year and room. "Some alumni
there still believe I was overpaid," he
Between that time in 1900 when he
took his first job as an instructor at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, until
now as President of Lafayette College at
Easton, Pennsylvania, Brother Lewis has
been in high gear as a teacher, publicist,
traveler, speaker, public ofiicial and college administrator, not to mention important war activities in the present conflict and in World War I.
Brother Lewis' father. Dr. James
Lewis, was a Presbyterian clergyman and
a Colonel in the Civil War. Brother
Lewis was one of four sons, one of them
a physician and a Knox Phi Delt, Dr.
James L. Lewis, '96. At Knox, our hero
found enough time "off the books" to
edit the literary magazine. Coup d'Etat,
to manage the football team and to make
the track team. He took his bachelor's
degree at Lake Forest College in 1900
and his M.A. at Illinois College in 1902.
Graduation year found him an instruc-