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H.M. "Red" Lewis
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/14/2005
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Business Manager of Athletics, 1947-71
Head Cross County Coach, 1937-41, 1946-54
1932 Southern Conference Two-Mile Champion
1933 Southern Conference One-Mile Champion
Duke School Record, One Mile (4:15.7), 1933-1958


H.M. "Red" Lewis, business manager of athletics at Duke for 25 years until his retirement in 1971, first earned fame as a Blue Devil track star in the early thirties. One of the top long distance runners in his decade, Lewis captured the Southern Conference two-mile championship in 1932 and then the one-mile in 1933. His mile time of 4:15.7 in 1933 was a Duke and Southern Conference record. His Duke record stood for 25 years until broken by Cary Weisiger in 1958. After obtaining a B.S. degree from Duke in 1933, Lewis went on to do graduate work at N.C. State and served as cross country coach for the Wolfpack. In 1935, he was employed by the Turkish government to coach the Turkish national team for two years. Upon his return to the States, he joined the Duke athletic staff as cross country coach and assistant track coach. After a tour in the Army from 1942-46, Lewis once again returned to Duke in 1947, succeeding Dayton Dean as business manager of athletics. In that role, he became well-known as a true friend of the Durham community. Lewis retired in 1971 and was the first Durham native inducted into the Hall.

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