Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1947 and graduated from the Groton School and Harvard University (AB 1969). After working at the Boston Company, then one of the largest investment managers, first as assistant to the president and then vice-president, in 1975 Mr. Lewis co-founded and served as Co-Chief Executive and then Chief Executive of Cambridge Associates LLC [ [ Cambridge Associates] ] , an investment and financial advisor to research universities and colleges representing over three-fourths of U.S. higher education endowment assets, foundations, cultural organizations, international organizations, and other non-profit institutions as well as families. Mr. Lewis was a co-inventor of what became known as the American University style of institutional investing [Groton School Quarterly, Vol. LXIX, No. 3, September, 2007] , which gave American university endowment funds the highest investment returns in the world among institutional investors [ [ NACUBO Endowment Study] ] , and which became widely emulated.

In addition to his work at Cambridge Associates, Mr. Lewis has served as Treasurer and President of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a graduate research institute affiliated with 150 American colleges and universities [ [ American School of Classical Studies at Athens] ] ; Chairman of the National Environmental TrustWho's Who in America] ; Chairman of Dumbarton Oaks (affiliate of Harvard University); founder and Chairman of the Trearne Foundation, which provides educational assistance to foster children [ [ 1998 Trearne Form 990] ] ; Chairman of the Worldwatch Institute; Chairman of Shelburne Farms [ [ Shelburne Farms] ] ; Treasurer of the World Wildlife Fund (World Wide Fund for Nature); Trustee of World Wildlife Fund International (World Wide Fund for Nature) [ [ World Wildlife Fund] ] ; Trustee of the Morgan Library; Trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Monticello; Trustee of the Peabody School; Trustee of the Groton School; and member of the World Bank Pension Finance Committee.

Mr. Lewis has contributed to many newspapers, periodicals, and web sites including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, and, and also is an author and editor of books on economics and moral philosophy. His works include: "Are the Rich Necessary?: Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values" (Axios Press; September 25, 2007), "A Question of Values : Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices That Shape Our Lives" (Axios Press; Rev Updated edition May 25, 2000), "The Beguiling Serpent" (Axios Press; August 31, 2000), "Alternative Values: For and Against Wealth, Power, Fame, Praise, Glory, and Physical Pleasure" (Axios Press; July 25, 2005) and "The Real World War" (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan; 1982).


Are the Rich Necessary?

"Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values"
*Publisher: Axios Press
*Pub. Date: September 2007
*ISBN-10: 0975366203
*ISBN-13: 978-0975366202

Are the rich compatible with democracy? Should we accept such a high degree of inequality in our society? Does the profit system glorify greed? In "Are the Rich Necessary?" Hunter Lewis presents the most fundamental and provocative economic arguments that underlie society. Lewis connects economics directly with profound contemporary social issues. How are our personal values reflected in these issues and how do we choose between contending economic approaches? Most importantly, can philanthropy play a strategic role in helping people to lift themselves from poverty? Lewis offers a dramatic new proposal to significantly increase contributions to charitable organizations to help address key social issues. A challenging and sure to be influential book.
*REVIEW [ NY Times A Lens on Wealth, From All the Angles by Harry Hurt III]
*REVIEW [ Publishers Weekly Web Exclusive Reviews: Week of 10/8]
*REVIEW [ ABC News Hunter Lewis interviewed by Daljit Dhalival] (video)
*REVIEW [ Reuters Business Books: Investment adviser asks if wealthy are necessary by Lisa Von Ahn]

A Question of Values

"Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices That Shape Our Lives"
*Original Publisher: Harper Collins 1990
*Revised and Updated-Publisher: Axios Press May 2000
*ISBN-10: 0966190831
*ISBN-13: 9780966190830

What personal values are. How we decide about them. What the alternatives are. Seventy-eight value systems featured. Used in classrooms at Harvard and around the world. Praised by educators from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Virginia, Berea College and elsewhere. The author illuminates how contemporary Americans come to believe what we believe. Comparing the varying value systems in our pluralistic society--authority, logic, experience, emotion, intuition, and science--he brings clarity and a common vocabulary to the diversity that is a source of both strength and dissension.
*REVIEW [ The Sounding Board Book Reviews by J. David Kinzie, MD]
*REVIEW [ The Quest Bookshop Book Reviews for 01/17/07]
*EXCERPT [ excerpt]

The Beguiling Serpent

"A Re-evaluation of Emotions and Values"
*Publisher: Axios Press
*Pub. Date: August 2000
*ISBN-10: 096619084X
*ISBN-13: 978-0966190847

The Beguiling Serpent looks at emotions, and emotional values in particular. On one level a sequel to A Question of Values, it is also an excellent introduction to emotions and values, and ideal course material.
*EXCERPT [ excerpt]

Alternative Values

"For and Against Wealth, Power, Fame, Praise, Glory and Physical Pleasure"
*Publisher: Axios Press
*Pub. Date: July 2005
*ISBN-10: 0966190866
*ISBN-13: 978-0966190861

Is desire itself desirable? Should we let our desires run unchecked, especially the passionate desires for wealth, fame, praise, power and physical pleasure? Or should we try to eliminate them? Set up as a lively debate between the best thinkers of today and yesterday, Alternative Values offers strong arguments--some logical, some empirical, some emotional, some deeply and inexpressibly intuitive--on each side of this debate. An excellent guide for the young (and not so young) who must sort out these issues for themselves, and a wonderful resource for business leaders and public speakers.
*EXCERPT [ excerpt]

The Real World War

"The Coming Battle for the New Global Economy and Why We Are In Danger of Losing"
*Publisher: New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan
*Pub. Date: 1982
*ISBN-10: 0698111222


* [ Is Ben Bernanke A Conservative?,, January 18, 2006]
* [ A New Robber Baron Era?,, November 8, 2007]
* [ Are The Rich Necessary? Interview with Helen Jonsen,, September 11, 2007] (video)

External links

* [ Axios Institute]
* [ Axios Press]
* [ Cambridge Associates]
* [ Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello)]


Further reading

*"Hunter Lewis", Who's Who in America, New Providence, NJ: Marquis, 2007, page 2687

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