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Dr. Henry Lewis

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Pharmacist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Crabs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Amelia Island, Florida
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
1/22/1950
Birth Location:
Tallahassee, Florida

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Pharmacist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Crabs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Amelia Island, Florida
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
1/22/1950
Birth Location:
Tallahassee
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Biography

Born on January 22, 1950 in Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Henry Lewis III received his B.S. degree in pharmacy from Florida A&M University; his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University; and completed his post-doctoral training at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Lewis has served as a professor, dean and Interim President of the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Lewis has also served as president of the Minority Health Professions Foundation and its sister agency, the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, which, under his leadership, secured a combined sum of over $100 million in support of programs, research and activities to improve the quality and availability of health care to minority and underserved communities. Lewis also played an instrumental role as president of the National Pharmaceutical Association and the Care-Net Health System for the uninsured in Leon County. Under his direction, FAMU has opened a pharmacy for medically deprived patients at the Bond Community Clinic.

Besides serving on numerous local and national boards, Lewis has testified before many Congressional subcommittees on health, research and educational funding, and has provided service to such organizations as the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, the National Urban League, Big Bend Hospice and the American Cancer Society. In 1986, he made history by becoming the first African American elected to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners. The Student National Pharmaceutical Association recognized Lewis as a Teacher of the Year. He married his wife, Dr. Marisa Lewis, also a pharmacist, in 1990.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Henry Lewis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Henry Lewis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Henry Lewis describes his family and his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Henry Lewis describes his father's background and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Henry Lewis describes his childhood and his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Henry Lewis describes his neighborhood in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Henry Lewis describes the sights, sounds, and smells growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Henry Lewis talks about his mentor growing up in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Henry Lewis describes his experiences and teachers at Bond Elementary School in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Henry Lewis describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Henry Lewis talks about working at Economy Drugstore during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Henry Lewis talks about working for Mr. Howard Roberts at the Economy Drugstore in Tallahassee, Florida while in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Henry Lewis describes himself as a leader
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Henry Lewis talks about his Pentecostal upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Henry Lewis talks about race relations and the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee, Florida in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Henry Lewis talks about the Tallahassee, Florida bus boycott in 1956-1957
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Henry Lewis talks about the segregation and racism in Tallahassee, Florida during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Henry Lewis talks about attending the pharmacy school at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Henry Lewis describes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and his own detention by the National Guard on April 4, 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Henry Lewis talks about the pharmacy school at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Henry Lewis describes working at Olin Chemical Corporation's munitions plant during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Henry Lewis describes how the Vietnam War affected him as a student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Henry Lewis talks about his disappointment in how African American soldiers were treated during and after the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Henry Lewis describes his Civil Rights activism during college at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Henry Lewis talks about pursuing a career as a pharmacist in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Henry Lewis describes the influence a white family, the Basses, had on his development
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Henry Lewis describes becoming the first black director at Bay Front Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1973
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Henry Lewis talks about the difference in treatment that black and white patients received at Bay Front Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Henry Lewis talks about returning to a position at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University's Pharmacy School in 1974
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Henry Lewis narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Henry Lewis narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Henry Lewis talks about becoming an assistant dean at the School of Pharmacy at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1978
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Henry Lewis talks about his work on issues of diabetes and sickle cell anemia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Henry Lewis describes the inequalities in research and care of diseases that adversely affect African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Henry Lewis talks about how AIDS affects the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Henry Lewis talks about empowering the black community to improve its healthcare quality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Henry Lewis talks about becoming the first African American elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 1986
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Henry Lewis talks about his experience serving on the Board of County Commissioners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Henry Lewis describes becoming Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Texas Southern University from 1990 to 1994
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Henry Lewis talks about returning as Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1994
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Henry Lewis talks about serving as interim president of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2002
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Henry Lewis talks about the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Henry Lewis talks about what he wants his legacy to be and how he wants to be remembered