The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for January,
he served from 1921 to 1923 when he
was elected president of George Washington University in the city of Washington.
No time was wasted by Brother Lewis
in promoting that institution. Promptly
he began a building and endowment
campaign, raising $500,000 and adding
three buildings to the group as well as
establishing a co-operative policy between
the Federal Government and the University. In Washington he became editor
of National Boys' School Service, a
weekly news letter on government affairs
which was read to the students in scores
of preparatory schools throughout the
nation on Monday assemblies of each
His call to accept the presidency of
Lafayette College came in 1927. In the
years since, his administration has been
outstanding. Three large buildings have
been added, the library doubled in capacity, the infirmary modernly equipped
and playing and athletic fields improved,
at a cost of nearly $1,500,000. Endowment funds have been increased fifty per
cent. In all save three years in the depth
of the depression the budget has been
In 1929 he organized the first Alumni
College in the country, a plan whereby
alumni returned to the campus for instruction, an idea widely adopted since.
During the depression he made college
teaching facilities available for the unemployed. He also organized a "community college" in the form of lectures
and discussions for townsfolk.
One of his great satisfactions was the
organization some years ago of a Trustee
Conference, his trustees being hosts to
the governing boards of similar institutions over a wide area. In all this he had
(,he assistance of two Phi Delt brothers
among his own trustees, Carroll P. Bassett, Lafayette '83 (president of the General Council, 1886-89), and James R.
Hogg, Lafayette, '78.
When the Selective Service act of the
present war went into effect. Brother
Lewis was chosen by Governor James to
be its Administrator in
The appointment was widely acclaimed
and when it became necessary for him to
retire in 1941, his services were universally extolled. In a letter Novem-
I A MATHER LEWIS, Knox
With him at the helm all Phis face the war
years confident and united,
ber 13, 1941, Governor James wrote:
"To say that I regret, both personally
and on behalf of the Commonwealth that
Doctor Lewis finds it necessary to leave
the service, is putting it mildly indeed.
The records show that the most competent administration is to be found in
Pennsylvania. For a year, the most critical year because it was the first year. Dr.
Lewis organized and operated the largest
single Selective Service headquarters in
the United States. Impartial and efficient, without politics or partisanship,
his work has won the acclaim of all
That did not end his service in this
war, which includes the chairmanship of
Red Cross war fund campaigning in
Easton and a place on the State Committee of USO.
Notwithstanding all these activities.
Brother Lewis served as president of the