17 Facts About Delano Lewis


Delano Eugene Lewis was born on November 12,1938 and is an American attorney, businessman, and diplomat.


Delano Lewis was the United States Ambassador to South Africa from 1999 to 2001, and previously held leadership roles at the Peace Corps and National Public Radio.


Delano Lewis attended Sumner High School, in Kansas City, Kansas, graduating in 1956.


Delano Lewis attended Boys State in his junior and senior years of high school.


Delano Lewis graduated from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1960, where he was a classmate of Wilt Chamberlain.


Delano Lewis earned a law degree from the Washburn University School of Law, in Topeka, Kansas, in 1963.


Delano Lewis worked full-time at the Menninger Clinic while attending law school.


Delano Lewis was an associate director and country director for the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda from 1966 to 1969.


Delano Lewis led Marion Barry's mayoral transition team in 1978 and his re-election campaign's financial committee in 1982.


In 1988, Delano Lewis served a one-year term as president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and began a term as president of the newly formed City National Bank of Washington, which eventually closed in 1993.


In 1993, Delano Lewis became the president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio.


Delano Lewis was a member of the board of directors of Black Entertainment Television, and has served on the boards of Colgate-Palmolive, Halliburton and Eastman Kodak.


Delano Lewis was sworn in by federal judge John Edwards Conway, a law-school classmate.


Delano Lewis was involved in the effort to establish home rule for Washington, DC; the District of Columbia Home Rule Act was adopted by the US Congress in 1973.


Delano Lewis was a chair of the home rule committee for VOICE, the Voice of Informed Community Expression, a group formed after the 1968 riots in Washington.


Delano Lewis later ran for a seat on the Council of the District of Columbia, losing to Barry.


Delano Lewis is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and was elected president while at University of Kansas.