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Gordon Lewis

December 24, 1937 — March 14, 2023


Gordon was born December 24, 1937 in Wenatchee, Washington. He was a son of the late Leslie Denison Lewis and Ruth Iona Harriman Lewis. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Payne Lewis, who passed away on March 17, 2017. 

He lived for over fifty years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and taught for 47 years at Carnegie Mellon University as a sociologist at the Heinz School of Public Policy. He had a deep love of alleviating suffering in the community through thoughtful policy reform. He was on the advisory committee for the Greater Pittsburgh community Food Bank and served in multiple roles at the First Unitarian Church. After the death of his wife, Pamela, he moved to Charleston, SC in May, 2021 to be closer to family and was well known for both his infectious smile and problem solving. 

He is survived by two sons, Peter H. Lewis and Kevin A. Lewis. Grandchildren, Amanda, Chelsea, Gabrielle, Gwendolen, and Bennett. Great grandchild Bodhi. 

A private viewing for the family will be held at McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, and his remains will be interred at Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania next to his wife.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.

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