May 23rd - Local Philanthropist Receives Scouting’s Highest Service Honor

Local Philanthropist Receives Scouting’s Highest Service Honor

Edward Lewis, Ph.D. to be honored for more than 50 years of service


San Diego, CAMay 23, 2008For more than a halfcentury, Edward Lewis, Ph.D., of Greensburg, Pa., has significantly impacted thousands of youth around the world through his volunteer leadership in the Boy Scouts of America. For his decades of service to youth, the BSA National Council will honor Lewis with the Silver Buffalo Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.

            The Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest commendation for service to youth, has been awarded annually since 1925 to civic-minded men and women who stand out for their invaluable contributions and service to the youth of America.

Lewis has served Scouting and his community in many ways over the past half-century, but his greatest legacy lies in the strong relationships he has fostered. He has worked to strengthen relations between the BSA and numerous organizations, including the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, of which he is a lifelong member. Both denominations have honored him for his work.

Beyond Scouting, Lewis has been a strong advocate for at-risk youth, abused and neglected children, and young people with special needs. In 1984, he formed Circle of Sons, a scholarship program that has awarded more than $200,000 in aid to young people representing 16 states, eight countries, and many ethnicities.

“Edward has dedicated himself to fostering important relationships between the BSA and other influential organizations for more than half a century,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “The Boy Scouts of America is proud to recognize his decades of service to youth through involvement in community programs and philanthropic scholarships, in addition to Scouting initiatives.”

Lewis has received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He also has been honored with the Daniel Carter Beard Community Service Award Renee: I couldn’t verify this award, but I did find the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. Please clarify. Thanks.

An active management and entrepreneurial consultant, Lewis has helped start more than 50 small businesses. He holds undergraduate degrees from California University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a doctorate from Cornell University.


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