Political Scientist Gordon K. Lewis Dead at 72
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Gordon K. Lewis, a leading expert on Caribbean politics, died Friday after a long illness at age 72. The University of Puerto Rico, which reported his death, did not give the nature of the illness.
Lewis first came to Puerto Rico to help write the island’s first constitution, which was adopted in 1952. He earned his doctorate in 1954 at Harvard University and then returned to live in Puerto Rico.
He joined the political science department at the University of Puerto Rico in the early 1950′s and served from 1983 to 1987 as director of the university’s Institute of Caribbean Studies.
″Lewis was a keen observer of Puerto Rico’s development and its relationship with the rest of the Caribbean for more than 40 years,″ the university said in a statement Friday.
The university said he had just completed a comprehensive book on the Caribbean, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
The Wales-born Lewis’ books included the 1987 ″Grenada: The Jewel Despoiled,″ which analyzed the 1983 U.S.-led invasion of Grenada, ″The Main Currents of Caribbean Thought,″ published in 1983; ″With The Saints At The River: The Jonestown Guyana Holocaust,″ 1978; and ″Puerto Rico: Freedom And Power In the Caribbean,″ 1962.
Lewis had been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, the University of California, Brandeis University, Oxford University and Michigan State University. He served as a consultant to the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Lewis is survived by his Trinidad-born wife Sybil Farrell and five children.