Phil Lewis, N2MUN, who founded the ARRL NY City-Long Island Section’s annual “Ham Radio University” educational conference, passed away on March 5th following a long battle with cancer. A well-known and widely-respected figure in the Long Island amateur radio community, Lewis was a former president of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC) and the Order of Boiled Owls of New York (OBONY) contesting and DX club. In 1999, he came up with the idea of a day of continuing education for the region’s amateur radio community. Working with a small, dedicated group of fellow hams inspired by his vision, Lewis established the first annual “Ham Radio University” educational conference in January, 2000 and served as the first chairman of its organizing committee for four years, and then as a key member of the committee in the years since. HRU has grown and expanded over the past two decades and each year now drawns more than 300 attendees to more than two dozen forums and hands-on workshops covering a broad range of amateur radio information and activities. Lewis was a graduate of RCA Institutes, America’s oldest radio school, and spent his professional career in aerospace and defense electronics on Long Island at Hazeltine Corporation and BAE Systems, retiring seven years ago after 43 years of service. First licensed in 1991, Lewis was an avid contester, with membership in the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC), as well as a DX’er on the DXCC Honor Roll. He also had been a volunteer examiner and licensing-class instructor. In 2000, he was honored for his dedication to the region’s ham radio community as ARRL Hudson Division Amateur of the Year.