“The news that Allen Y. Lew died from the coronavirus earlier today has left me shaken and deeply saddened. Allen was a visionary and trailblazer, an innovative builder and a master of efficiency who had great plans to further develop CUNY’s facilities in the years ahead. I had the privilege of getting to know Allen over the last six months as a member of my cabinet and was impressed with his endless energy, his commitment to CUNY’s mission and his humility. He always had kind and uplifting words to share with members of the team. I couldn’t be prouder to have appointed Allen in December 2019.
“He was the first Asian-American to serve as vice chancellor in CUNY’s history, a product of the New York City schools and CUNY who returned to the University after a stellar quarter-century career in Washington, D.C., to put a capstone on his brilliant body of work. He was going to do much to add to the utility and beauty of our campuses. He leaves a rich legacy of accomplishment, having built many highly visible and well-regarded facilities in the nation’s capital, including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Nationals Park. My deepest condolences to Allen’s wife Suling and his son Garrett. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of a husband and father who dedicated his life to public service and the betterment of communities through brick-and-mortar projects that touched millions of lives. The CUNY community mourns with you.”