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Mr. Stephens (as I always knew him) was an inspirational teacher for me. I graduated in 1968, and his passion for art carried forward into my own art and graphic design career. High school would have been unbearable without those art classes. Mr. Stephens made a significant contribution to my life, and I will never forget him. My best to his family.

Posted by: Robin Locke Monda - NYC, NY - former student   Apr 12, 2014


I heard the news regarding your husband and I am so sorry. My prayers go out to you and if you every need anything myself and my husband Sammy will be here for you.

My Deepest Condolences,

Carmen & Sammy Pagan

Posted by: Carmen - New Haven, CT - Co-worker   Jan 30, 2013

Lou and I worked together in the '70s. He supported me as one of the new teachers at Hamden High School during my times of orientation. I shared the news of his passing with Mrs. Gwendolyn Calhoun who now resides in Arizona. She was another Art teacher at the high school. Lou was a great artist and a person I will always remember.

Posted by: Eva J. Spence-Johnson - Chattanooga, TN - Co Worker   Jan 30, 2013

Please accept my deepest sympathy.I just received the news. We were studio neighbors for over forty years.Hard to believe I will not hear Lew call anymore and say "Hey Joe you've gotta see this painting I just finished!" . He was as excited about Art two weeks ago as he was back on Daggett street in the seventies.A jazz pianist, calligrapher,all around artist,and scratch golfer to boot.
We are going to miss you Lew.

Posted by: joseph cifferelli - new haven, CT - artist neighbor   Jan 29, 2013

Dear soror
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Elmer and I send our condolences.

Posted by: Rita Henderson    Jan 25, 2013

Dear Cousins,
We are saddened by Cousin Lewis' passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care, Be Encouraged, Be Comforted, and God Bless.

Love and Peace -
Your Cousins,
Marquita, Carol and Bill Price

Posted by: Carol (Price) Harris - Pleasantville, NJ - Cousin   Jan 25, 2013

Dear Alberta,
"Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted" Matthew 5.4
With Sympathy and Prayers for you!

Posted by: Shirley Farm - Hamden, CT - Co-worker   Jan 25, 2013


My thoughts are with you and your family.


Posted by: Steve Fortes - New Haven, CT - friend   Jan 25, 2013

Mrs. Stephens and Family,
My most sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear husband.
I am a former student of Mr. Stephens from the early to mid- sixties.
I still do not regret taking Art classes for electives (I should have taken typing), especially having Mr. Stephens as the teacher. He was an awesome educator and gentleman who was always encouraging, yet pushed the envelope. He even wrote in my yearbook To Mdme. Picasso. I was eternally complimented and humbled by

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Posted by: Rosemary DeLizio Schaeffer - Hamden, CT - Former Student   Jan 25, 2013

Lou Stephens was an outstanding teacher at Hamden High School. His relationships with students was always positive. Students liked his classes and were encouraged by his gentle ways. He always had a smile and a wave when we passed. The High School staff and students admired him and found him easy to talk to. I remember one particular incident when he went out of his way to be supportive of one particular student who had been reprimanded unfairly by another

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Posted by: Bill Collins - Hamden, CT - friend, colleague   Jan 25, 2013