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Lt. Emory Lewis in 1970 | Navy

Lt. Emory Lewis in 1970 | Navy

Why Do They Call Emory Lewis “Dr. Oyster?”

Dr. Emory Lewis was born and raised near Reedville, Virginia, and enjoyed catching fish, crabs and oysters during an idyllic childhood on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. After serving in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, he came back to the Reedville area to start a successful crabbing business, and then attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. He worked for 40 years as the local family doctor, mending broken legs, removing embedded fishhooks and healing childhood illnesses. In 2014 he retired from medicine and returned to his roots: an abiding love for working on the water. Around town they call him “Dr. Oyster.”

Recognizing the crucial role oysters play in filtering the waters of the delicate Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, Dr. Oyster founded Lighthouse Oysters in 2014 to return to his waterman roots and simultaneously help restore the Bay to its former glory. Five mornings a week, he wakes up with the sun to care for the 3 million oysters growing in the nutrient-rich waters off the shore of his Fleeton Point home.

Doctor Oyster with his faithful dog, Sweetie Pie, transport oysters from the dock

Dr. Oyster and his faithful dog, Sweetie Pie, transport oysters 500 feet to a refrigerated room before delivery the next day.

Dr. Oyster married his high school sweetheart. The couple live in Fleeton and enjoy frequent visits from lots of good friends plus their two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five glorious grandchildren.