Navy Supply Corps Capt. John Lewis, of Oakton, Va., who served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars in the Naval Supply Corps,
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Capt. John Lewis
before a distinguished civilian career, passed away Oct. 22, 2013 at the age of 82.
Born in 1931 in Kansas City, Mo., he graduated from Holton High School in Holton, Kan. While in high school, he served as President of his 1949 Senior Class, and was recognized as a Kansas all-state football receiver, all-state basketball player and regional and state track meets for hurdles. He enrolled at Baker University in Baldwin, Kan., joining Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and received a total of 12 varsity letters from his participation in football, basketball, and track for each of his four years of college. He was awarded the four-year James Paxon Mize athletic/academic scholarship by Baker University. Upon graduation from Baker, he joined the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, the first step in a distinguished 23-year career that took him and his family to California, Hawaii, California for a second time, Rhode Island, Japan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
His final assignment and the culmination of his naval career was Head Supply Officer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. While serving in the Navy, Capt. Lewis graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College and earned an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. As a young officer stationed in Washington, D.C., he served as a White House Military Aide under President and Mrs. Eisenhower.
Following his retirement from the Navy in 1976, the Lewis family moved to Oakton, Va., where Capt. Lewis held a number of executive-level positions consulting for the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense in the private sector, first with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, then with CACI Federal, Inc., then completing his career at CEXEC until his second retirement in 2006 at the age of 76.
Capt. Lewis' public commitments included service on the Presidential Transition Team for President-Elect Ronald Reagan, evaluating operational effectiveness of components of the General Services Administration. He was inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. His civic service included leadership on the Boards of two homeowners associations.
He is survived by two daughters, and two grandchildren. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery after a Service of Remembrance at the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Myer, Arlington, Va. on Feb. 21, 2014.