Arthur Camden Lewis
Arthur Camden Lewis
  • February 28, 1941 - November 25, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

Share This Obituary

COLUMBIA Arthur Camden Lewis, born February 28, 1941, died Saturday November 25, 2017. Cam was the son of the late Art “Pappy” and Mary Belle Lewis of Parkersburg, West Virginia.

After growing up in Morgantown, West Virginia, son of the head football coach of West Virginia University, Cam attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played quarterback for the football team, winning Most Valuable Player for the 1962 season. After graduation, Cam served his country in the Vietnam War, receiving the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat.

After the war, Cam returned to his football roots working as a graduate assistant for then Army head Coach Paul Dietzel. When Coach Dietzel accepted the head coach position at the University of South Carolina, he brought Cam with him to Columbia, where Cam has lived ever since.

Having his undergraduate degree in engineering, Cam explored the possibility of a graduate degree in that field, but when he found out it required afternoon labs conflicting with football practice he chose to purse another course of study, one that did not conflict with afternoon practice, the law.

Upon graduation from University of South Carolina School of Law, Cam made the decision to leave behind his coaching aspirations to pursue a career in the law as law clerk to Chief Justice Bruce Littlejohn of the South Carolina Supreme Court. Justice Littlejohn’s instruction launched what became a truly impressive legal career. Cam made appearances on behalf of clients in courts throughout the country, including before the United States Supreme Court. Cam was known for his unwavering devotion to those he represented. His fierce advocacy, superior intellect, and tenacious personality, combined with a total lack of fear earned him huge success and respect of the legal community. The recipient of too many professional awards to list, Cam was truly a lawyer’s lawyer. Cam’s devotion to his law practice pales in comparison to his devotion to family. He was a loving husband and father who enjoyed nothing more than just being with his children and grandchildren. He was so proud of each of them.

Cam is survived by his wife, Mary Geiger Lewis; his daughters, Aimee Lewis Schraibman and her husband, Michael, and Wallis Jean Geiger Lewis; his son, William Camden Lewis and his wife, Alli; his granddaughters, Caroline Camden Schraibman and Sarah Grace Schraibman; his grandson Michael Clarke Schraibman; and his brother John Kunst Lewis.

A memorial service for Cam will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC. The family will receive friends at the home of Michael and Aimee Schraibman at 70 Avian Trail, Columbia, SC 29206, following the service. A private interment will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to USC Foundations, 1525 Senate Street, Room 253, Columbia 29208 (Please designate to the School of Law on the memo line); or the Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29442.

Please sign the online guestbook at