David Hugh Stewart died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at his home in Bozeman. Diane Silva Stewart, his wife of 60 years, and both sons, Marc Silva Stewart and Christopher David Stewart and their wives, Jane Louise Clark and Sue Ann Tucker, and children, Andrew David, Robert Girard, and Mary Silva Stewart, and Cody Dyan Stewart, were with him and had celebrated his and Diane's 60th wedding anniversary during the weekend.
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Dave was a gifted English scholar, a respected leader in his profession, and a loyal and loved husband, father and grandfather.
Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Aug. 12, 1926, Dave finished high school in 1944, served two years in the United States Navy at the end of World War II, and enjoyed a year in the Merchant Marine before launching into his lifelong profession in English.
Early in his career, he earned a B.A. (1947), an M.A. (1949), and a Ph.D. (1959) in English from the University of Michigan and an M.A. (1954) from Columbia University. He wrote a biography on the Russian author Mikhail Sholokov in 1967, was an editor for two college English texts (The Wiley Reader) in 1976 and 1979, and edited Kipling's "America, Travel Letters, 1889-1895" that was published in 2003. He published well over three dozen articles about literature, a dozen and a half articles addressing the English profession and the humanities, and wrote well over a hundred literary reviews.
Dave taught English and literature over 47 years at the University of Michigan (1960-1967), Idaho State University (1968-1971), Pennsylvania State University (1972-1975), Texas A&M University (1975-1989) from which he retired as professor emeritus, as well as at other institutions – notably Valparaiso University (1949-1950), University of Oregon (1950-1952), the University of Alberta (1959-1960), and as a visiting professor at Deep Springs College in California (1989). He chaired departments of English at Idaho State, Penn State, and Texas A&M universities.
Dave was a member and served as president of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society at Idaho State and Penn State. He served on the delegate assembly of the Modern Language Association (1971-1974), on the College English Association national board (1973-1976) and as president of regional CEA boards (1968-1976), on the college committee of the National Council of Teachers of English (1980-1984), and with the Texas Association of Departments of English – president, 1981. He was recognized several times during his career in "Who's Who," and listed in "Outstanding Educators of America," the "Directory of American Scholars, II," and related directories.
He was recognized for motivating academic excellence through loyal, dedicated service to the Opera and Performing Arts Society and the Corps of Cadets – K-2 Company at Texas A&M University.
Dave was active in the Bozeman Rotary Club and the Montana Committee for the Humanities. He served on the Second Century Campaign for the Montana State University Libraries, the long range planning committee, Bozeman Public Schools, and his neighborhood Hyalite Foothills homeowners Association. Dave also served as president of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Club - Big Sky.
He was an avid lifelong outdoorsman and gave this gift to his sons. An Eagle Scout himself, Dave's son, Christopher, and grandsons, Andrew and Robert (Robin), also achieved this highest rank in Boy Scouting.
Dave tolerated golf, having been an active member of the Riverside Country Club since he and Diane moved to Montana in 1989, and sincerely enjoyed the friendships he had there.
Dave Stewart was most proud of his wife, children and grandchildren, and he will be sorely missed.
Donations to Rocky Mountain Hospice of Bozeman, the National Rifle Association of which Dave was a life member, or to a philanthropic organization of one's choice are encouraged in lieu of flowers.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2009