Mr. Lewis, who lived at 210 Tennyson avenue, Oakland, was stricken with pneumonia last Tuesday, but he had been in ill health for more than two years. It was his health that prompted him t o resign his posts as head of J. & L. in February, 1947.
The rise of Horace Edgar Lewis as a key figure in industry is in the best American tradition. He was born in Pontardulais, Wales, and came to the United States in 1896.
Joined J. & L. in 1936
By 1916 he was executive vice president of Bethlehem Steel Company. He joined J. & L. in 1936, when he was elected chairman of the board.
In 1938, at the resignation of S. E. Hackett, he was elected president of J. & L., the fourth largest steel company in the nation.
He guided J. & L. during the war years. In 1942, when he was rumored as a Republican candidate for governor, he promptly scotched the talk by announcing that he felt he could be of more use to America's war effort at Jones & Laughlin.
First Job in Duquesne Works
The Lewis family first settled in Harrisburg, then moved to Martins Ferry, O., where H. E. Lewis obtained a grade and high school education.
In 1899, when he was 17, he took a job as steelworker in the Duquesne works of Carnegie Steel.
In 1906 he left Carnegie, worked a short while for the Passaic Steel Company in New Jersey, then joined Bethlehem.
Ten years later he was its executive vice president. In 1930 he left Bethlehem to become chairman of the board of Jeffrey Manufacturing Company of Columbus, O.
Interested in Sports, Philanthropy
In his personal and business life, Mr. Lewis shied away from publicity. His two main interests, however, were sports and an anonymous activity in philanthropy.
He was an excellent soccer player as a boy and helped develop an interest in the game in the United states. For arranging matches between United States and foreign teams, he has been called the "father of soccer in America." Golf was another hobby.
Mr. Lewis was active also in Community Chest work, city planning committees and Pittsburgh's Civic Opera.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Sanders Lewis, formerly of St. Paul, Minn.; a daughter, Mrs. Emily Lewis Gillespie of Long Island, N. Y.; two sons, James Edgar Lewis of Los Angels, and Edgar Sanders Lewis, San Francisco; three sisters, Mrs. Charles R. Holton of Bethlehem, Pa., Mrs. Robert Chew and Mrs. Olive L. Fowler, both of Lakewood, O.; three brothers, W. Luther Lewis, New York City, T. Albert Lewis of Bethlehem, and A. W. Lewis of Pasadena, Cal., and four grandchildren.
Funeral to be Tuesday
Mr. Lewis' club memberships included the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Duquesne Club, the Fox Chapel Country Club and the Pittsburgh Golf Club. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.
He was a director of the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company and British Jeffrey Diamond, Limited, and had been a director of the Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Company and the Ohio Malleable Iron Company. In addition, he was an honorary vice president of the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at his home. He will be buried in St. Paul, Minn., the home of Mrs. Lewis.