David C. Lewis ’57

David C. Lewis ’57, of Providence; Dec. 2. He was the professor emeritus of Community Health and Medicine and the Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown. In 1982, he founded the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and directed the center for 18 years. Prior to founding the center, he was chair of the Department of Community Health at Brown. He founded a think tank advocating for prevention and treatment rather than incarceration for substance use disorders called Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy. He advised presidents, members of Congress, governors, and philanthropists in all aspects of the field of addiction, from recovery to decriminalization and legalization of drugs. He was a member of numerous boards, including the Drug Policy Foundation, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, and the Coalition on Physician Education in Substance Use Disorders. He was an internationally known author of more than 400 publications. In December 1997, he received the American Medical Association’s Education and Research Foundation Award in recognition of “outstanding contributions and leadership in championing the inclusion of alcohol and other drug problems into the mainstream of medical practice and medical education.” He also received the W.W. Keen Medical Alumni Service Award from the Brown Medical School Alumni Association for “the physician leader and educator whose contributions represent the best of both clinical and academic medicine.” He enjoyed photography and traveling and was an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. His work can be seen at www.davidclewisphotography.com. He is survived by daughter Deborah Lewis ’84; son Steven ’87; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.

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