Lewis, Stephen R. (1920–1991)

By: Chester R. Burns

Type: Biography

Published: March 1, 1995

Stephen R. Lewis, plastic surgeon and professor, was born on August 26, 1920, in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, the son of Russell F. and Gertrude (Leffler) Lewis. After graduating from high school in Marshfield, Wisconsin, he received a bachelor's degree in 1941 from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and a medical degree in 1944 from Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee. After an internship at St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lewis completed postgraduate surgical training with the United States Army at Wakeman General Hospital and Valley Forge General Hospital (1945–48) and at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1948–50). He received certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1953.

For more than forty years he attended patients and taught at UTMB. He served as assistant dean of medicine from 1958 to 1962, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery from 1961 to 1981, and director of postgraduate education from 1956 to 1978. The Truman G. Blocker, Jr. - Stephen R. Lewis Society, established in 1978 by former students, provided funds in 1984 to establish a Distinguished Professorship of Plastic Surgery at UTMB in Lewis's honor.

Lewis was president of the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (1969–71) and a member of the board of governors of the American College of Surgeons (1975–77). During his sixth year as a member, he chaired the American Board of Plastic Surgery (1971–72). He served as president of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (1970–71) and the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (1965). He wrote more than 100 scientific papers in the field of reconstructive surgery and served as a member of the editorial board of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (1973–80). He was also a member and president of the board of trustees of the Galveston Independent School District (1954–62), vice president of the board of directors of the Galveston Girl Scouts (1953), and founding member of the board of directors of the Fifty Club of Galveston (1968–90), a service organization for the Galveston Police Department. In 1948 he married Audrey Morton; they had a son and a daughter. Lewis died in Galveston on February 16, 1991.

Galveston Daily News, February 17, 1991.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Chester R. Burns, “Lewis, Stephen R.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 03, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/lewis-stephen-r.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995

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