A Tribute to the Lewis Legacy at LaGrange College


Frank Lewis, the first African-American faculty member at LaGrange College, directed the campus library for 22 years. His wife Laura, a career librarian, was one of the most-loved and respected community leaders and educators in Troup County, Georgia. Though neither Frank nor Laura lived long enough to see the PDR|P-designed library at LaGrange College that bears their name, several of their friends and family were in attendance at the building’s dedication on April 17. Steven Foote and I also attended this ceremony. Outgoing president Dr. F. Stuart Gulley provided the dedicatory remarks, and the Reverend Dr. B. David Rowe delivered the closing prayer. (Dr. Rowe has recently been elected president of Centenary College of Louisiana.) The LaGrange College Women’s Chorale provided musical accompaniment. All told, it was an inspiring ceremony and a fitting tribute to the Lewis legacy at LaGrange College. LaGrange Daily news covered the event with an article.

- Henry Scollard | Associate, AIA, LEED AP