Longtime Staff Member Remembered as Loyal, Helpful Colleague

Mickey Lewis
Mickey Lewis
Mickey Lewis, whose work at UT Dallas over more than 20 years earned her staff CARE awards on two separate occasions, died Dec. 5 after an illness.

Lewis’ colleagues and friends described her as a problem solver who wore a smile even on the worst of days. They remembered her as always willing to lend a hand, whether it was sitting down to chat with a student or helping find a quick solution to an issue.

“You could never ask too many questions, and you never felt like you were imposing on her time; she was willing to explain, help and teach. Just having her around made you feel better,” said Sherry Marek, assistant director of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program. “The character of the life she lived might be summed up in a few words: She was sincere, she was genuine, she was loyal.”

As an Administrative Services Officer II in the Office of Undergraduate Education, Lewis helped with budgets, scholarships, housing and student activities, such as the debate and chess teams.

“She was the backbone to numerous initiatives that transformed undergraduate education at UT Dallas,” said Dr. Ted Harpham, dean of the Honors College.

Lewis was a CARE award recipient in 2003 and 2010. The Staff Council honor recognizes employees based on excellent job performance and customer service. After retiring in 2011, Lewis continued to contribute to the University as a member of the UT Dallas Retiree Association.

“Mickey Lewis was a life changer, a kind heart, the bravest of souls, and a true believer in young people and our responsibility to them,” said Dr. J. Michael Coleman, professor emeritus of psychology and dean emeritus of undergraduate education.

Lewis is survived by her husband, Lew, two sons and five grandchildren.