Lewis D. Epstein ’73

Lewis D. Epstein ’73 died on November 10, 2020 in Commack, New York. 

(The following was provided by family)

Lewis D. Epstein, Bowdoin College Class of 1973, passed away on November 10th, 2020 at the age of 69 after a long illness. Lewis was born in New York, grew up in Great Neck on Long Island where he graduated from Great Neck South High School as an honor student, and returned to Long Island upon retirement. He received his bachelor’s degree in the Classics from Bowdoin and graduated Summa cum laude. He was also awarded the Nathan Goold Classics Prize and the Leonard A. Pierce Memorial Prize for his outstanding scholastic record. He was also first place winner of the 1972 All New England Latin Sight Translation Contest. Lewis was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and repeatedly designated as a James Bowdoin Scholar. Under Professor Nate Dane’s guiding hand, he was given the privilege of translating Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda’s Apology for the Book on the Just Causes of War; a Latin text that up until then had not been translated, which was later entered into the Library of Congress. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. During his first semester senior year he participated in the college exchange program attending Smith College. He attended the University of Virginia Law School and graduated in the Class of 1976. He returned to Maine after law school where he joined the law firm of Verrill Dana, LLP, in Portland, Maine. He directed the firm’s condominium real estate practice and served as lead counsel for major banking clients for many years. Lewis is survived by his wife, Carol, his son, Michael, and his brother, Bruce.

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