James Lewis

Class of 1958
Major/Minor: Economics

A broad Liberal Arts Education helps one think and write and understand art and culture.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

I really appreciated the courses in American and English literature and even French that was very difficult for me. A broad Liberal Arts Education helps one think and write and understand art and culture. It also makes you a better citizen .I think it made me accepting of people with different backgrounds.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

French professor Dr Blumenthal had many meetings with me to complete two years of French. I had not had French in High School and was at a complete loss. In the years that followed I have had many trips to France and have been able to navigate the language and understand the history of an amazing country. Many thanks Dr. Blumenthal!

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

I really enjoyed the time with my Theta Chi fraternity. We had a really good group of members and impacted WC in mostly positive ways.

It is your graduation day. What advice would you now give your younger self?

Identify my interests and acquire education and skills in those areas for a more successful career/life. You can figure it out eventually but why wait until your 30’s or 40’s?

Campus Involvement
  • Theta Chi


How did your experience in Athletics influence your college experience?

I really enjoyed the travel to other campuses. I was elected captain my senior year.

Additional Information

As the founder of Career Liftoff Interest Inventory, a career assessment tool and planning guide, this former economics major has dedicated his professional life to helping young people translate their passions into meaningful work. Now he has created a legacy to help Washington College students do the same. By naming his alma mater as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, Jim empowers the next generation of thoughtful, committed leaders who will make a difference in the world.

Alumni Representative for the George Washington Legacy Society