Wakefield Faculty/Staff Deceased: In Memoriam

Gerald M. Lewis
b:             d: 3/26/2008

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Gerald Lewis MR. GERALD LEWIS, Concert Band; Majorettes; Marching Band
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. - April 23, 2008

Gerald M. Lewis, 82, a band director at several high schools in Northern Virginia, died of pneumonia and Parkinson's disease March 26 at the Wharton Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee.

Mr. Lewis directed bands for Gunston Junior High and Wakefield High schools from 1954 to 1967.  He then became band director at Stratford Junior High and Washington-Lee High schools until 1979.

Mr. Lewis owned and operated Gerald Lewis Recording, a mobile service for many Virginia and Maryland schools and churches, which recorded concerts and special events.

After 41 years in the area, Mr. Lewis moved in 1996 to the Uplands Retirement Village in Tennessee, where he served as director, musical arranger and trombonist for the Pleasant Hill Ensemble. He also directed the Pleasant Hill Community United Church of Christ choir.

He was born in Indianapolis and grew up in New York and Wilmette, Illinois.  He graduated from Northwestern University and received a master's degree there in music education in 1952.  Mr. Lewis played with numerous dance bands in the Chicago area.  He served in the Army and moved to Arlington in 1954.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Lewis of Pleasant Hill; four children, Christine Lewis of Seattle, Nancy Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama, David Lewis of Falls Church and Michael Lewis of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and two grandsons.

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