July 28, 2005
Robert B. Lewis – biologist, educator, inventor, filmmaker and publisher – was born in Atascadero, Calif., on July 14, 1921, and lived in St. Louis and southern California.
Bob earned a bachelor of arts from the University of California-Berkeley and his master’s degree from the University of Colorado, and he volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division (87th Mountain ski troops) during World War II.The first time Bob went fishing in the Roaring Fork River, he knew the Elk Mountains would be a wonderful home for his family and an enduring source of inspiration for his creative mind.
Bob taught biology, physics, chemistry, social studies, geology and ecology at Aspen High School. He directed a summer institute for high school biology teachers with support from the University of Colorado, San Diego State University, the Aspen Institute and the National Science Foundation.Bob was one of the founders of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and created the first Braille trail up Independence Pass, the Wildwood environmental preschool, and the Independence Pass Foundation. The most recent project he launched is the Aspen Field Biology Laboratory.
He was preceded in death by Barbara C. Lewis and their daughter, Barbara A. Lewis. He leaves his daughter, Katie, her husband, Serge, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law and two nieces – all living in northern California and southwest Oregon.Bob’s daughter and friends are planning a celebration of his life this fall. Donations can be sent to: Aspen Field Biology Laboratory, PO Box 2190, Aspen, CO 81612. CARPE DIEM!