of the U.S. Peace Corps
Delano E. Lewis was born in
Arkansas City, Kansas, in 1938, and grew up in
Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from Sumner
High School in 1956, earned his Bachelor of
Science degrees in political science and history
from the University of Kansas, and received his
law degree from Washburn University in 1963.
After college he worked as an attorney first for
the U.S. Justice Department and later for the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
From 1966 to 1969, Lewis served
in the U.S. Peace Corps as associate director in
Nigeria, and later as country director in Uganda.
Upon his return to the United States, he was
named director of the Peace Corps' East and
Southern Africa Division. He subsequently served
as legislative assistant to Senator Edward Brooke
(R-Mass) and administrative assistant to
non-voting Representative Walter Fauntroy (D-DC).
In 1973, Lewis took a position
as public affairs manager at C&P Telephone in
Washington, D.C. Rising through the ranks of the
company, he became its president in 1990. In 1994
he became CEO of National Public Radio. He
retired from NPR in 1998.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton
appointed him U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.
"NPR President and CEO Del Lewis
Resigns" National Public Radio www.npr.org/about/press/980403.del.html
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