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Herman Lew, our much beloved and esteemed colleague of the Film/Video Programs at CCNY, passed away unexpectedly on September 20th at age 59. 

Herman will be remembered for many things: his humor, his warmth and kindness, his intelligence, his artistic talent, his uncanny ability to remain calm in the storm, to name just a few of his special qualities. Among all of Herman’s positive attributes we will remember, there is one that was so pervasive, so indisputable, so widely admired and respected, even by people who only knew him slightly – namely, his deep and tireless dedication to his students. That is why we want to honor him by creating the Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship, which will provide support to outstanding undergraduate film students at City College. 

Herman Lew joined the Film/Video Program at City College in 1996, and the following year assumed the directorship of undergraduate film program, a position he held until his death. The door of his office on the fourth floor of Shepard Hall was always open, and if you peeked your head in you would invariably see two or three students in conference with him ---screening projects, reviewing storyboards or pitching ideas. Year after year, under his guidance, students were recognized at the highest levels of the field-- at The Cannes Film Festival, in The Eastman Kodak Cinematography Competition and by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to name a few. 

During Herman’s 18 years at CCNY, thousands of students benefited from his wisdom, patience and guidance. Throughout those many years, in his free time, he also directed the workshop program at Third World Newsreel, where he further devoted himself to mentoring the next generation of filmmakers. With the Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship Fund we aim to continue, in a modest way, the enormous support he gave to countless film students and emerging filmmakers over the years. 

We ask you to honor Herman’s legacy by contributing to the City College Fund scholarship we are creating in his name. In order to launch this scholarship, we need to raise a minimum of $25,000, and any amount you can give will move us closer to that goal. You can donate by making a check out to The City College Fund, Shepard Hall Rm 166, New York, NY 10031. You can also make a gift online via paypal or credit card by clicking here. Please check off that your gift is for The Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship on the website and include it in the memo section of your check. Your contributions are tax-deductible. 

We would like to invite you as well to attend a gathering to honor and remember Herman Lew. This tribute will be held on October 16th from 6-8:30 pm in the Faculty Dining Room (3rd floor of NAC Building) at the City College of New York (RSVP to:  Please help commemorate the legacy of Herman Lew by giving as generously as you can to the Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship, and please join us on Oct. 16th in celebrating the life and work of this very special human being. 

Dave Davidson & Andrea Weiss 
On behalf of the Media and Communication Arts Department
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