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In Memoriam

 [From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1953]
EVEN to the unimaginative, it must be apparent that some men were ordained for their life's work.  Such men have the qualifications, talents, experience, and personal characteristics needed to assure success in their chosen field of endeavor.  It would seem that each demand made upon them, intellectually or even psychically, finds them prepared for their task.
Dr. H. Spencer Lewis was one of these men.  Obviously he was Cosmically ordained for the great mission of re-establishing the Rosicrucian Order in America.  In fact, he considered himself Cosmically blessed by having great versatility and being able to accomplish singlehandedly, in the early days, whatever the circumstances then required of him.  His literary achievements are known to untold thousands of persons who have read his numerous books in several languages.  In addition to such work, he contributed many monthly articles to Rosicrucian and many other publications.  His oratory can be vouched for by many who recall his clear, effective, and conversational style.  His font of knowledge seemed almost limitless, as he would speak authoritatively on philosophy, subjects of science, business topics, and world events.  Dr. Lewis' ability as an administrator and his experience in the advertising world were world-known to many business organizations whom he frequently addressed in various parts of the world as a guest speaker.
Many of the scientific instruments and devices used today in the laboratories at Rosicrucian Park were of Dr. Lewis' creation.  He designed and built the first Rosicrucian planetarium which was likewise the first all-American constructed planetarium.  For years he illustrated all of the covers of the Rosicrucian Digest, as well as most of the literature issued by the A.M.O.R.C.  Many of his paintings are on exhibit in Rosicrucian Park and elsewhere.  Several of the prominent buildings in the Park are likewise of his design.  During the early formative days of the Rosicrucian Order in America when it could ill afford to engage specialists in these numerous fields of activity, the versatility of Dr. Lewis, its Imperator, was a most fortunate asset, even a Cosmic blessing.
It is befitting that we who benefit by his early labors and sacrifices remember the event of his higher initiation, or transition, which occurred on August 2, 1939.  In accordance with our custom, a brief ritualistic ceremony will be held for him in the Amenhotep Shrine in Rosicrucian Park where the ashes of his earthly remains are interred.  This ceremony will be conducted at exactly 4:15 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) on Sunday, August 2.  Officers of the Order will assemble for the occasion with those local Rosicrucians who choose to be present.  All other Rosicrucians are asked, if it is possible for them to do so, to hold a minute of meditation in silent tribute to Dr. Lewis--at their equivalent hour.  (Mark upon your calendar as a reminder the date and time for the equivalent period of your locality.)

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