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Reception, Book Signing Planned for Lewie Donelson Book

Publication Date: 3/20/2012

One of Rhodes College’s most notable alumni, Lewis R. Donelson III ’38, a founder of the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has written a memoir titled simply “Lewie.” The proceeds of the book will go to the Janice Ost Donelson Scholarship fund, which Donelson has established at Rhodes in memory of his beloved wife of 65 years.

In celebration of Donelson and his book, Rhodes will host a reception, Saturday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Paul Barret Jr. Library on campus. The event is open to the public, and the book will be available for purchase for $25 at the signing. Donelson was a trustee of the estate of Paul Barret Jr., Rhodes class of ’46, which provided Rhodes the library that bears his name.

In addition, a book signing will be held Thursday, April 12, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 687 Perkins Rd. Ext. Pre-signed copies of “Lewie” will be available. The author will speak, followed by a question and answer session.

Donelson had a golden childhood, a first-rate education, a loving family. A descendant of one of the first families of Tennessee, he recounts in the book his family history, that golden childhood, prep school at Choate, college at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), law school at Georgetown, marriage to his beloved Janice Ost and his lifelong devotion to Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

But┬áDonelson has never been a 9 to 5 man. Along his career path, he resurrected the Republican Party in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee, helping put GOP governors and senators in office for the first time since Reconstruction. As a member of the Memphis City Council in the 1960s, he was a peacemaker during the sanitation workers’ strike. His political career was in a day when lawmakers talked across the aisle in pursuit of the common good, and even became friends.

Donelson continues to concentrate in the areas of corporate and tax law. He has served on the boards of The MED, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and his alma mater, Rhodes College, which has bestowed on him its Distinguished Service Medal and an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree.

Lewie • Lewis R. Donelson III
ISBN: 978-0-615-56752-5 • LCCN: 2011943380
March 2012 • 336 pp • 9 x 6 • Cloth • 16 page photo insert • Index
Available at the Rhodes College Bookstore 901-843-3535 and The Booksellers at Laurelwood 901-683-9801

Tags: Alumni, Events, Honors, President

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