Transcripted and revised from a 1980 biography.
Patricia Lewis was an educator in the Marinette Public School System. She enrolled at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 1966 after holding an outstanding record of participation and achievement at her high school in Bessemer, Michigan. In college, she immediately became active in the Newman Club for Catholic Students, Delta Zeta Social and Service Sorority, which she served in as secretary and on numerous committees, and Kappa Delta Pi-Educational Fraternity of which she was president. Lewis was also elected to NMU’s Senior Cabinet.
She graduated in June of 1970 with a B.A. in Education. The college then offered her a graduate assistantship so the she could attain her M.A. Degree in Education by August 1971.
After graduating, Lewis moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin where she began her teaching career at Danz Elementary School. During her two year tenure at the school, her students were recognized by UNICEF for a major fund drive which she organized and initiated.
Following her marriage to Arthur Lewis on August 4, 1973, lewis moved to Marinette where she began teaching social studies at the Marinette Middle School and quickly became involved in all aspects of her community. The majority of her civic and educational work in the Marinette community came while she was recovering from surgery that involved removing a brain tumor in the summer of 1974.
She joined the Catholic Junior League and was a yearly chair for the city’s “Fun Night”. Lewis also chaired the Night of Recollection in 1975, the “Special Sis” project for two years and the summer picnics from 1978-79. When she had the time, Lewis also volunteered to assist with the catechism classes for mentally challenged children.
From 1974-76, she shared an active role with the local AFS (1) chapter working on dance committees and fruit sale drives. Lewis was also the family and student liaison for an AFS student from Peru. During this time she was also a chairperson for the Catholic Central High School Foundation Fund Drive in addition to chairing the yearbook committee for the Catholic Junior League.
In 1975, Lewis became a member of the Juvenile Crime Reduction Organization in Marinette and the educational organization of Green Bay and Marinette. She also contributed many volunteer hours and served on the Inservice Committee for Marinette Public Schools, and was elected a Uni-Serv Representative in 1975 and again in in 1979.
In 1979, she received the Citation Award and Recognition for Outstanding Leadership at both the Marinette and Wisconsin state levels.