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College Mourns Loss of Professor Mike Lewis

Jun 25, 2015

Dear ONU Law family:

It is with profound regret and overwhelming sorrow that I write today to inform you of the death of Professor Michael Lewis.  Professor Lewis came to the College of Law in 2006 after a successful career with McKinsey & Company and McGuire Woods.  Before entering law school, Professor Lewis proudly served his country with a distinguished career in the Navy as a pilot and graduate of the Top Gun School. Professor Lewis taught Commercial Law, Torts, International Law and the Law of War Seminar.  His receipt of the Faculty Teaching Award in 2008 demonstrated his skill as a teacher.  Professor Lewis was a prolific scholar and speaker, taking the name of Ohio Northern to readers and listeners throughout the United States and throughout the world.

Most importantly, Mike Lewis was a wonderful husband, father, and friend.  Everyone who knew him knew of his deep love for his family. His daughter Sarah was the light of his life, and I ask that you keep her and his wife Danya in your thoughts and prayers.  I am confident that Professor Lewis would like to be remembered as the friend and mentor that he was.  For students, he was the role model of all role models, and your affection for him is well known.  For the faculty, Mike Lewis was a star – someone who did everything well.  Most importantly, however, Mike was a humble, thoughtful, and caring colleague who everyone respected.  He will be profoundly missed.

Professor Lewis loved sports, loved his country, loved his family, and loved his work.  We can all draw lessons and inspiration from his life. I am sure that he knew how much the ONU law community cared for him, as we all know how much Professor Michael Lewis meant to all of us. 

Counseling services will be available for faculty and staff through the LifeBalance Employee Assistance Program, and for students through the on-campus Counseling Center.  University Chaplain David MacDonald will be available at the Law School tomorrow from 9-11 to offer counseling.

Sent Monday, June 22

Message from Rick Bales:

I thought you all would want to see these moving tributes written about Mike:

Sent Thursday, June 25

Message from Mike's Family:

In lieu of flowers, the Lewis family would welcome memorial contributions to the following organizations:
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, Kansas 66675

Flag City Honor Flight
P.O. Box 855
Findlay, Ohio 45839-0855

Sent Thursday, June 25