Lewis S. Keyes '58, M'60

Lewis S. Keyes '58, M'60

Lewis S. Keyes, who died in 2008, was a chemistry major at Trinity. He received both his B.S. and his M.S. in chemistry at Trinity before pursuing his doctoral studies at Princeton. In 1964, Lewis joined the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia as an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He later served as the assistant chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department from 1972 to 1980 and as chief departmental adviser from 1972 to 1983 before his retirement in 1999. Lewis is known and admired for his role in modernizing the Physical Chemistry Laboratory at Old Dominion University.

During his time at Trinity, Lewis was a member of the Brownell Club and is remembered as an incredibly serious student. Lewis established two endowed funds to support the Chemistry Department at Trinity. The first fund is used for chemistry laboratory and teaching equipment. According to chemistry professor and department chair Tim Curran, “this gift will play a very significant and ongoing part in sustaining top quality research equipment for Trinity students.” The second fund provides tuition assistance to Trinity students, with a preference given to chemistry majors.