Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

Board Member Notes

Academic journal article The Beethoven Newsletter

Board Member Notes

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It is with deep regret and a sense of profound loss that we announce that Sylvia Wollin Lewis, a founding member of the Center for Beethoven Studies and member of its Executive Committee, died on Tuesday, October 20,1987 at the age of 77. Her lively and joyous spirit, her welcome forthrightness, and her grace will be missed by all who knew her. Her enthusiasm for the Center and dedication to its work were limitless; we have lost a best friend.

Besides her work for the Beethoven Center, Mrs. Lewis was a founding member and president of the San Jose Symphony Foundation, longtime board member of the San Jose Symphony, and a founding member of the Adult and Child Guidance Center of San Jose.

In his copy of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Beethoven marked the following lines: "How far that little candle throws his beams! So Shines a good deed in a naughty world." Mrs. Lewis' countless good deeds illuminated our world in many ways, and we shall often miss that light.

(A memorial fund has been set up in Mrs. Lewis' name at the Center for the purchase of first editions of Beethoven's music; please mark all contributions with the annotation, "Lewis Memorial.")

On a happier note, Professor Irene Dalis, director of Opera San Jose and member of the Music Department at San Jose State University, received an honorary Doctorate of Music at the University of Santa Clara on June 13,1987. …

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