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John P. Lewis

John Prior Lewis (March 18, 1921 – May 26, 2010) was an American academic and presidential advisor who was a strong advocate of aid to help build developing countries as a matter of foreign policy.

Lewis was born on March 18, 1921, in Albany, New York. He was raised in Hudson Falls, New York and earned his undergraduate degree from Union College. Lewis later attended Harvard University, from which he received a Master of Public Administration and was awarded a Ph.D. in political economy and government. During World War II he served in the United States Navy.[1]

Lewis was a staff member to the Chairman of the

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  2. ^ via Associated Press. "Indiana Economist Is Selected For Kennedy's Advisory Council; J.P. Lewis to Be Nominated in January for Vacancy on 3-Man Board", The New York Times, December 1, 1962. Accessed May 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Burd, laurence. "KENNEDY PICKS AID, PROFESSOR AT INDIANA U.", Chicago Tribune, December 1, 1962. Accessed May 28, 2010.


He died at age 89 of natural causes on May 26, 2010 in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, where he lived at the time of his death in a retirement community. He was survived by two daughters, six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, the former June Estelle Ryan, died in 2009, and a daughter died in 2008.[1]

Lewis was bothered by inequality in the United States and around the world, and was a strong advocate of the argument that aid to developing nations was a necessary component of American foreign policy, despite the budgetary costs and the potential for misuse, a position reflected in books he wrote and co-authored, including his 1995 book India’s Political Economy: Governance and Reform and his 1997 work The World Bank: Its First Half Century.[1]


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