Carol P. Lewis, 69, disease researcher

October 04, 2003

Carol P. Lewis, a researcher who studied the prevention and control of chronic diseases, died of liver disease Wednesday in Ume, Sweden, where she was on a research project. She was 69 and had lived in the Tuscany-Canterbury section of North Baltimore.

Born and raised in Quincy, Mass., Dr. Lewis earned an undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass.

She moved to Baltimore in the 1960s to pursue studies in social work, education and public health.

In 1966, Dr. Lewis received a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland and from the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied education and public health administration. She went on to earn her doctorate in health services administration in 1983 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was a founding member of the Dean's Alumni Advisory Council.

Friends said Dr. Lewis's career was devoted to the prevention of chronic diseases, and she was the co-author of many research studies and publications on the epidemiology of illnesses. Much of her research focused on health problems related to cigarette smoking and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Lewis worked for many years at the University of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

She most recently held the title of research scientist emeritus and director of epidemiology at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"Carol was a hardworking and spirited person who loved to travel. She was a devoted friend to many," said Lauretta Gordon, a longtime friend from Baltimore.

Funeral plans are incomplete.

Dr. Lewis is survived by a son, Brenton Creelman of Beaufort, N.C.; and a daughter, Dr. Monica Creelman-O'Donahue of New York. Her elder son, Peter Creelman, died in 2001. Her marriage to Dr. C. Douglas Creelman ended in divorce.

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