Lewis, Arthur Beverly, 1901-2000
Lewis was born on November 21, 1901 in Forest, Mississippi. After graduating with a BA degree from University of Mississippi, he went to Washington, D.C. to work for the National Bureau of Standards. While working in Washington, Lewis earned his Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University and got married. In 1936, Lewis decided to return to Mississippi to teach at Ole Miss. His initial appointment was as associate professor, and subsequently Lewis progressed to the academic rank of full professor and was appointed Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Lewis experienced the integration crisis at the university and was charged with the job of registering James Meredith.