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Progressive Chairman Lewis Dies at 80

Entrance to the Peter B. Lewis Building at Cas...

Entrance to the Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peter B. Lewis, the philanthropic chairman of Progressive Corp. died Saturday at his home in Coconut Grove, Florida. He was 80 years old.

During a career that lasted more than half a century, Lewis grew Mayfield-based Progressive Corp. from a tiny 100-person firm to the fourth-largest auto insurance company in the U.S., with $17 billion in premiums and 26,000 employees nationwide.

He was an important patron of architect Frank Gehry, whom he recommended to design the Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

 

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