From the Editor's Father, Arthur Allinson.
It would be right with the many other testimonials bestowed on the beloved and greatly respected Mack Lewis that I comment on the legendary boxing trainer and manager's recent passing. Lewis, who died at the age of 92 on November 12, spent his lifetime mentoring and tutoring at-risk youth in East Baltimore at The Mack Lewis Gym. He guided them successfully in their teenage years and through adulthood as they encountered the many temptations and challenges presented by inner-city life. Through boxing, he offered an alternative life that brought success to hundreds of deserving young men. Mr. Mack, as he was called by his boxers, would often say, "I don't care if you become a world champion, as long as you become a productive member of society."
Not enough can be said about what he's done the past half century through his dedication and life mission of teaching and stewardship of young men. Hopefully, the legacy of his work will be enduring and never forgotten and will be continued by his loyal family of associates and colleagues.
A star has passed, though his accomplishments will forever be remembered.
Mack Lewis offered troubled kids a way out through boxing [Baltimore Sun]
Mack Lewis, 1918-2010 [Slate]