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Local university, political leader dies

Earl and June Lewis, 1943. Submitted photo.

Earl Lewis, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 30, at The Lutheran Home in River Falls. Before retiring, Lewis was an English professor at UW-River Falls for 25 years.

He also served as Pierce County Democratic chairman and was president of The Association of University of Wisconsin Faculty.

Lewis grew up in Ellsworth and got married to June Schnell in July 1943. Last year they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Look for Lewis’ obituary in the Feb. 6 print edition of the River Falls Journal.