IPF will deeply miss Ambassador Samuel W. Lewis
Israel Policy Forum was so saddened to hear of the death of Sam Lewis. Ambassador Lewis was a revered public servant, who had served in many diplomatic and public positions, including Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1975–1977, U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1977–1985 and Director of Policy Planning from 1993–1994. He also led the United States Institute of Peace from 1987-1993 during a critical period of growth and expansion.
For IPF, and for all who knew him and wherever he served, Ambassador Lewis was a wise and sympathetic advisor, a man of enormous acuity and perspicacity, and a person who could discuss the weightiest issues with aplomb and balance. He was such a decent friend and colleague that his very presence in a room elevated the quality of discussion and the motivation of other participants to reach solutions and proposals.
Sam will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and members of the IPF family feel that it has lost a critical figure at a crucial time.