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Alice E. Lewis

May 31, 1999

Alice E. Lewis, associate professor emerita in occupational therapy, died May 14 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 80.

Lewis joined WMU's faculty in 1956 and primarily taught human anatomy as well as courses in medical and orthopedic conditions, therapeutic techniques, neuroanatomy and several others. She also was the department transfer student advisor for many years.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1940 at Mount Holyoke College, a certificate in occupational therapy at Western Michigan College in 1951 and a master of arts degree in 1956 from the University of Southern California. Before coming to WMU, she was rehabilitation coordinator and director of occupational therapy at Springbrook T.B. Sanitarium in Aurora, Ill.

She served two terms on the Faculty Senate, was a member of the University Diamond Jubilee Committee in 1978 and served on numerous other University and department committees. In 1972, she received the WMU Alumni Teaching Excellence Award and was selected as Outstanding Educator of America in 1973.

She also served on various committees of professional organizations on the local, state and national levels, including the Battle Creek-Kalamazoo Occupational Therapy Association, Michigan Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association.
She retired from WMU in 1981.

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