Lew was born on September 12, 1928, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Clarence Kelly Scott and Laura Duerner Scott. His family moved to Portland when he was an infant. He attended Grant High School before heading south to Stanford for college and law school.
He married his high school sweetheart, Janice Lee Gildow in 1952. They traveled to post-war Wirtzberg, Germany, where he served in the JAG corps and they both toured Europe in the Buick station wagon. They settled in Portland in 1957, where he was a partner specializing in labor law with Spears, Lubersky (later Lane, Powell). He retired in 1999.
Outside of law, his passion was designing and building houses, starting with his first summer job in construction as a high school junior. He designed and built 2 houses during his college and law school years, the house he lived in from 1957 until his death (on a triangular lot where the only feasible design was a triangular house), a vacation cabin at Salishan (the second lot sold), and 4 houses off Humphrey Blvd in Portland Heights.
He was a confident optimist and perfectionist. He loved classical music (especially early 20th century composers), hiking and backpacking, world travel, and reading philosophy, religion, physics, and history (never fiction!)
He is survived by his daughter, Kelly. A life celebration will be held when the pandemic abates.