David Overington Lewis OBE, 1931–2023

Document No: PUB 20N/23 Posted: 24 April 2024

DAVID OVERINGTON LEWIS OBE was born on 17 November 1931 in Hampstead, London. David was educated at John Lyon School in North London and Northampton Engineering College. A founder member of the University of London Air Squadron, he was a pilot in the Royal Air Force on National Service, achieving the rank of Flying Officer in 1954.

David qualified as a UK Registered Patent Agent (now Attorney) in 1961. He later became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, a European Patent Attorney, a Registered Trade Mark Attorney, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

On the retirement of Mr A. C. Price at the end of April 1964, David became the representative of Babcock and Wilcox Ltd on the Council of the Federation, attending his first meeting on Friday 8 May 1964. His attendance at Council was exemplary – and unique in duration. He attended his last meeting on Friday 10 January 2020 by phoning in. (Even before the Covid lockdowns later in 2020, remote attendance had become more common.) His last attendance in person had been on Friday 12 July 2019, when the Council meeting was followed by an Annual General Meeting of the Federation and a reception.