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Lewis, Ben E. (Ben Elden), 1913-2005

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1913-2005

Biographical History

Ben E. Lewis (1913-2005) was an executive vice president of Brigham Young University.

Ben Eldon Lewis was born November 16, 1913 to George William and Olena Dorothea Kempe Lewis in Mesa, Arizona. He married Barbara Rae Wootton on October 4, 1944 in Salt Lake City. They eventually had five children: Linda, Stephen, James, Mary Anne, and John. Lewis attended Brigham Young University, where he was elected student body president, and then the University of Denver, where he earned a Master's degree. He was employed by Hot Shoppes, Inc., which later became the Marriott Corporation, for seven years. In 1952, he returned to BYU to work in administration, eventually being promoted to executive vice president. Lewis was active in his community and his church, serving as the London England mission president for five years and participating in the Provo City Planning commission for seven years.

Lewis passed away in Provo, Utah, on October 20, 2005.

Citation

Deseret News, via WWW, 9 February 2015 (Ben E. Lewis was born November 16, 1913 to George William and Olena Dorothea Kempe Lewis in Mesa, Arizona; married Barbara Rae Wootton on October 4, 1944 in Salt Lake City; had five children: Linda, Stephen, James, Mary Anne, and John; attended Brigham Young University, where he was elected student body president, and then the University of Denver, where he earned a Master's degree; employed by Hot Shoppes, Inc., which later became the Marriott Corporation, for seven years; returned to BYU to work in administration in 1952, eventually being promoted to executive vice president; active in his community and his church, serving as the London England mission president for five years and participating in the Provo City Planning commission for seven years; passed away in Provo, Utah, on October 20, 2005).

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University vice-presidential records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 892
Scope and Contents Includes minutes, reports, bulletins, pamphlets, and correspondence concerning auxiliary operations, committees, construction, finances, housing, improvements, utilities, applications, budgets, Communication Services, Physical Plant, Food Services, University Relations, Treasurer's Office, and Indian Placement.
Dates: 1950-1974

Collection of oral histories and interviews

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5662
Scope and Contents Contains interviews and oral histories on audio tapes. Individuals featured on the audio recordings are primarily Brigham Young University staff, faculty, or administration. Dates range from 1972 to 1987.
Dates: 1972-1987

George Barrett

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 20
Dates: Publication: 1993

Inside the Wilkinson era

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 871
Scope and Contents Interview by Heber G. Wolsey with Ben E. Lewis, Robert K. Thomas, Harvey Taylor, Sam Brewster, and Bruce L. Olsen concerning their personal experiences with Ernest L. Wilkinson. Wilkinson's resignation as president of Brigham Young University had beeen announced in March 1971, and the inteviews were recorded as a tribute to him.
Dates: 1971 May 25

Oral history interview with Ben E. Lewis

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 175
Scope and Contents Interview by Mark Smith with Ben E. Lewis about his experiences at Brigham Young University as a student and administrator. Also gives his background working for the Marriott corporation prior to his career at BYU. Talks at length about Ernest Wilkinson and the administration of the University. Includes transcript and sound recordings.
Dates: 1994

Records of the Wilkinson Center businesses

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 737
Scope and Contents Includes records and correspondence of the BYU bookstore, food services, special events, and Wilkinson Center remodelling.
Dates: 1971-1974

Residential Housing Office administrative policies and reports, 1956-1983

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1116 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains monthly and annual reports, meeting minutes, reports, and policy statements from the department for the years 1956-1983.
Dates: 1956-1983

Residential Housing Office correspondence, 1962-1981

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1116 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from the department for the years 1962-1981. The materials mainly pertain to the day to day functions of the department.
Dates: 1962-1981

Residential Housing Office Head of Resident Housing records, 1968-1982

 Series
Identifier: UA 1116 Series 7
Scope and Contents Contains minutes, memorandums, and reports from the Head of Resident Housing during 1968-1982.
Dates: 1968-1982