Carolyn Diana Lewis, 86


Carolyn Diana Lewis, 86, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Greenwood (Del.) Country Rest Home. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 8, 1931, daughter of the late John and Lillian Lewis.

Lewis grew up in Tucson, Ariz., where she graduated from the University of Arizona. She received a scholarship to study at the University of Oslo in Norway and, on her return, met and married Michael O. Berntsen, an Australian ship’s officer. She moved to Sydney for 13 years, establishing a journalism career in radio, television and newspapers.

After her divorce, Lewis returned to the U.S., settling in Washington, D.C., where she reported for the Washington Post and for Post-Newsweek radio and television stations as the Capitol Hill correspondent.

Lewis covered city riots and anti-Vietnam war protests, and later, for Public Television, hearings on the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. President Jimmy Carter appointed Lewis to the commission to investigate the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

Lewis taught journalism at Boston University and was associate dean at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She authored a text, “Reporting for Television,” published by Columbia Press. When she retired, she moved to Ocean View, where she wrote features for the Wilmington News Journal and was later hired full-time for the paper.

Lewis is survived by her sons, Peter Berntsen and his wife, Marie, of Frankford, Del., and David Berntsen and his wife, Janice, of Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia; her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Michael, Kathleen, Rachel, Jessica and Rio; her great-grandchildren, Mason, Gianna, Rogan and Iris; and her brother, Avrom D. Lewis of Woodbridge, Va. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at 2 p.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Clarksville Chapel, 34874 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, Del., where friends may visit beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Salvation Army; P.O. Box 310; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.