I read with sorrow Lew Carter’s obituary and feel compelled to remember, with respect and praise, Lew in this brief letter.
I became acquainted with Lew only about eight years ago through my interest in history and the Pointe Coupee Historical Society. Lew had donated his large collection of over 200 phonograph records — dating from the 1920s until his death on June 25, 2015 — to the Pointe Coupee Historical Society. Lew not only donated this tremendous collection but personally came to Poydras High School in New Roads and spent hours, days and months helping to catalogue and transfer the collection to the Pointe Coupee Historical Society — all of this at no cost to the Society.
A native of Lewiston, Maine, and graduate of Syracuse University, Lew was a World War II veteran and a man with many interests and skills. He eventually settled in Baton Rouge where he and his wife raised their family of four children and a young man whom he treated as a son.
Lew was not financially wealthy; his wealth was his unselfish friendship and interest in others, especially youths, which he shared generously. He was very involved in Boy Scout activities and was an Eagle Scout and leader for many years. He was a religious man and a civic leader (I was told he was runner-up for the Baton Rouge Golden Deeds Award four or five years ago).
Lew was a music lover who played saxophone and other instruments. He had an early morning radio music program and served as Master of Ceremonies for the annual Baton Rouge Fourth of July programs. He also was a licensed official for track events in Louisiana. Lew was indeed a man of knowledge, which he freely shared. One of Lew’s pride and joys was “Lew’s News,” a weekly newsletter that Lew wrote and shared, free of charge, via email, with his friends.
We need more citizens like Lew. My hope is that, somehow, permanent recognition of Lew’s life and accomplishments can be publicly documented and passed on to future generations as an example for our citizens for the betterment of our country.
Henry D. H. Olinde