Reginald F. Lewis, former CEO and founder of TLC Beatrice will be remembered by students, teachers, and staff of the Reginald F. Lewis High School, with a brief birthday celebration during a special forum, Dec. 5.

Principal Daric Jackson will welcome Loida Lewis and Carolyn Fugett, Lewis’ widow and mother respectively, as guests. The keynote speaker will be Lewis’ friend and college roommate, Linwood (Lin) Hart, author of Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice: The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire. Activities are scheduled to take place at The Reginald F. Lewis High School, 6401 Pioneer Dr. in Baltimore.

The forum will be closed to the public and will begin with the planting of memorial tree at 9:30 am.

What prepared the young man who would become one of the world’s most respected executives for this unimaginable rise to the top? What can be learned from the formative years that shaped and molded Reginald F. Lewis into an American success story? Hart’s book sets out to explore and shed first-hand insight on these precise topics. Focusing on the ten years between 1956 and 1966, when Baltimore teenagers Hart and Lewis were particularly close, the book draws on shared experiences and memories from their years as high school students and then as college roommates at Virginia State University.