Robert C. Lewis Jr.
July 20, 2005
Robert C. (Bob) Lewis Jr., beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on July 15 in Emmett, Idaho. He was 91 years old. Robert was born on Oct. 6, 1913, with his twin sister, Betty, in New York City. His family moved to Boulder in 1916 and to Denver in 1924, where he attended East High School and the University of Denver. Childhood summers were happily spent in Eldora, outside Boulder. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado in 1940 and an M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1942. He also served in the Pacific theater in World War II.Robert married Connie F. Brenny in 1943. They were divorced and he later married Miriam Robbins in 1960. Throughout his life Robert was a sportsman. He was a Junior Colorado Mountain Club member, an avid outdoorsman, skier and climber, making several first ascents of Colorado Front Range peaks in the 1930s. He climbed peaks in the Gore Range before they were named, and he was involved in mountain rescue. Later in life he was a horseman as well.About 1948, Dr. Lewis and his family moved to Aspen, where he became one of two physicians practicing in Aspen for many years. He moved to Glenwood Springs in 1955, where he was a founding member of Glenwood Medical Associates. He later worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boise, Idaho.Robert will be remembered as a stickler for detail, for his tenacity, and for his sense of humor.He is survived by his widow, Miriam E. of Emmett; children Janet E. (Gerald) Fedrizzi of Eagle, Nancy (Court) Parfet of Bailey, Julie Pretti of Denver, Charles (Bonnie) Lewis of Glenwood Springs, Carol Lewis of Dallas, Ore., and Mary (Rob) Little of New Plymouth, Idaho; grandchildren Leslie Carrier, Chris and Jeff Fedrizzi, Jackie and Rick Talbott, Tammi Otte, Stephanie Wilson, Sheila Pretti, Chad, Chelsey, Chris, Matthew and Erin Lewis, Erica Turner, Andrea Burfeind, and Robin Little; several nephews and nieces; and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his four siblings and one grandchild.No formal services are planned.A favorite poem to remember him by is the following, from Henry Van Dyke and used in the Scouts’ Creed:These are the things I prize and hold of dearest worthLight of the sapphire skies, peace of the silent hills,Shelter of forest, comfort of grass, music of birds,Murmur of little rills, shadow of clouds that swiftly pass.And after showers, the smell of flowers, and of the good brown earth.But best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.