Dr. Edward Lewin, a neurologist whose research led to improved treatment for epileptics, passed away April 9, 2020, in Denver. Rabbi Steven Foster officiated at the April 14 graveside service at Emanuel Cemetery. A memorial will be held at a later date. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Ed loved patient care and prided himself on his ability to connect with a wide range of patients,” the family said. “He was known for his dry sense of humor, his razor sharp mind and his astonishing memory.
Dr. Lewin was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Denver to Morton Lewin and Harriet Reuler Lewin.
He graduated from CU and then the Washington University School of Medicine.
In 1954 he married Jacqueline Shere, also of Denver.
Dr. Lewin completed his medical training in neurology at Johns Hopkins and Boston City Hospital, followed by a stint as an Air Force physician in California and Texas. The couple then moved back to Denver.
Mr. Lewin spent his career at the CU Medical School and VA Medical Center, where he was chief of neurology. His career combined clinical care, teaching and research.
Maintaining a research laboratory where he studied animal models of epilepsy in order to better understand the mechanism of the disease, he combined his research with the clinical care of veterans and others with the epilepsy.
Dr. Lewin received the inaugural Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado Award for his achievements in both research and clinical care in 1999, in addition to numerous honors and awards in his field.
After retirement, he continued to serve as a volunteer physician at the VA, as well as endowing the Reuler-Lewin Family Professor of Neurology at CU.
Dr. Lewin skied well into his 80s and enjoyed tennis and road biking. He earned his pilot’s license and loved flying his four-seat Piper around Colorado and neighboring states.
A point of pride was being able to name the county seats of all 63 counties in Colorado, which he had learned in elementary school. Whether he fully adjusted to the creation of Broomfield, the 64th county in 2001, is unclear.
Dr. Edward Lewin is survived by Jacqueline Lewin, his wife of 65 years; children Cynthia (Arthur Fox) Lewin of Arlington, Va., and John (Rebecca) Lewin of Denver; and grandchildren Miranda, Monica, Robert and James.
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