As a member of DuSable High’s Class of 1942, Vivian was one of several outstanding students there, including Chicago’s former Mayor Harold Washington (1939). Vivian went on to attend Roosevelt College and graduated in 1946. From there, she taught science to students in the upper grades at South Side public schools such as Carver, Deneen, and Westcott and obtained her master’s degree from Chicago State University. She then became a science consultant for the public school system, a position she held until her retirement in the late 1970s.
As a longtime member of the Chatham community, Vivian involved herself in many activities. She and her sister-in-law Ida Miller were Girl Scout leaders; as a Delta Dear, a longtime, esteemed member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Vivian frequently attended events held by the Chicago chapter. She also was an award-winning member of the American Bridge Association’s (ABA) Midwest Bridge Unit (MBU) since 1978, and in 1985 she joined a group of MBU members in purchasing the unit’s current site. She and Oswald moved to Hyde Park in the early 1990s.
Vivian and Oswald had five children: attorney Oswald Gregory (Maria) Lewis of Chicago; Dr. Vivian (Rustam) Lewis Tahir of Rochester, N.Y.; Dr. Berry (Crystal) Lewis of Chicago; author and editor Mary Lewis of Chicago; and software developer David (Jackie) Lewis of Chicago. She is also survived by her nieces Gerri Ann and Dawn; her nephews Pete, Paul, Jerald, and Derek; and her many loving grandsons and cousins.
Visitation is Thursday, June 29, 6-8 pm, at Cage Funeral Home, 7651 S. Jeffrey, Chicago. Funeral services for Vivian M. Lewis are Friday, June 30, 4-6 pm, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley, Chicago.