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W. Frank Lewis, 60; Pediatric Dentist, Inglewood Activist

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March 06, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Dr. W. Frank Lewis, 60, pediatric dentist and Inglewood community and political leader, died Thursday of colon cancer at his home in Inglewood.

Educated at Compton College, USC and UCLA, Lewis became a leader in African American causes.

He served as president of the UCLA African-American Dental Alumni Assn. for five years and was grand marshal of Los Angeles' 15th annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

In addition to working in pediatric dentistry and dental surgery, Lewis was a longtime leader of Inglewood's influential Democratic Club.

He ran a successful campaign to elect Lois Hill Hale to the Inglewood Board of Education in 1987, and the following year served on a committee to help find a new school superintendent.

Lewis served as president of the Inglewood Rotary Club in 1996-97 and was on the board of directors of the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce.

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