Educator, Mentor, Friend
Peter Allen Lewis, a native of Washington, D.C., moved to the Roanoke area in 1975. Peter is married to Carla Mathis Lewis who managed the historic Gainsboro Library for 32 ½ years. They have a blended family of three adult sons, Cedric, Peter and John and seven grandchildren. They share a passion for mentoring young people and thousands of adults remember the tireless advocacy that Carla and Peter shared on their behalf. His father, the late Attorney Jesse W. Lewis, taught Economics at Howard University. His mother, Lucille Allen Lewis, taught elementary school in Washington, D.C. for 41 years. An educator for 47 years, Peter retired from the Roanoke City Public Schools in June 2000. He has worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal of an alternative education program for troubled students. Peter believes strongly that all adults need to take responsibility for directing young people in a positive direction, even children not their own. He received the Humanitarian Award from the Roanoke Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1995, and was honored as “Philanthropist of the Year” by the National Association of Fund Raising Executives, First Virginia Chapter in 1999.