- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 2, 2003

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Former Rep. Tom Lewis, who fought in World War II and Korea before serving 12 years in Congress, died at a Palm Beach hospital yesterday, his daughter said.

He was 78. Mickey Bowman declined to discuss the cause of her father’s death.

Mr. Lewis, a North Palm Beach Republican, served in the House from 1983 through 1994. He sat on the Science and Technology Committee and helped save the Hurricane Hunter Plane Program, which sends planes out to gather hurricane data.

“It’s one of the reasons why, when Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, it wasn’t as devastating as it could have been,” said Mrs. Bowman, 54.

Rep. Mark Foley, who represents the same district, said yesterday that he “looked up to Tom Lewis as a fine gentleman who possessed the characteristics we should all strive for: decency, honesty and an unselfish devotion to helping others.”

He is survived by his wife, three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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