Jerome Gregory Stewart

Jerome Gregory Stewart CharltonJerome Gregory Stewart, 89, of Charlton, NY, passed away Monday, Febru- ary 18, 2013 in the arms of his wife of 59 years, Dolores Stew- art. Stewart was, for nearly three decades, known throughout the region as Mr. St. Clare's during his distin- guished tenure as president and CEO of St. Clare's Hospi- tal. Born on October 30, 1923. Stewart was a graduate of the Christian Brothers Academy in Albany. He served in the Army during World War II in France, where he was awarded the Pur- ple Heart and Bronze Star. Aft- er the war he attended college at Fordham University where he received his bachelor's de- gree and later master's degree in social work. He continued his higher education at Colum- bia University, receiving a master's degree in health serv- ices administration. It was dur- ing this time that he met his wife, Dolores Mirabito of Brooklyn, NY. They were mar- ried on September 6, 1954. Together they had five chil- dren and moved to the Capital District in 1968. It was then that he began his dedicated and faithful service to the St. Clare's Hospital community. During this period of service he earned the esteem and af- fections of the trustees, med- ical-dental staff and employees at every level of the organiza- tion. His energy was boundless and his unwavering devotion to the mission of St. Clare's was legendary. During his three decades at St. Clare's, Stewart coordi- nated and implemented a $14 million expansion of the hospi- tal campus, which included many new programs and serv- ices. Additionally, he intro- duced northeastern New York's first family practice res- idency program; achieved the creation of the St. Clare's Hos- pital Foundation; opened a new family birthing center and a new mother-baby unit, which was later dedicated to him. Stewart also served as presi- dent of the Hospital Associa- tion of Northeastern New York. Stewart also had a very ac- tive leadership role in the com- munity as chairman of the United Way campaign; he was elected president of the Sche- nectady County Chamber of Commerce; named 1989 Boy- power Chairman by the Sche- nectady Council Boy Scouts of America; and was also elected to The College of St. Rose Board of Trustees. His commu- nity activism was highlighted in 1995 when he was named the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year. It is impossible to measure the impact of Stewart's leader- ship on the quality and health care in Schenectady and sur- rounding communities, begin- ning in the late 1960s when he was appointed the hospital's first lay administrator, and continuing through the present day. He had a vision of what a community hospital should be and created an environment where the spirit of healing flourished. Stewart was a man of faith, who led by example. He was scholarly, compassionate and good natured and encouraged all those around him to achieve their greatness and to serve others with dignity and re- spect. To all those who knew him he was a mentor and teacher, a devotee of history, a fitness enthusiast, and a be- loved husband, father, grandfa- ther, and great-grandfather. He will always be known as the captain of the ship. Stewart is survived by his wife, Dolores; and his children, Rita (Thomas) of Bennington, VT, Jay of Albany, Victoria (Patrick) of Charlton, Jennifer (Angelo) of Glenville, and Thomas (Robin) of Los Ang- eles, CA; 11 grandchildren: William (Melandrei), Jessica (Patrick), Alex, Natasha, Tara, Kate, Thomas Jr., Vitaly, Isabella, Frankie, and Sophia; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ambrose Jerome. Relatives and friends are in- vited to attend the funeral which will begin Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, at 8:45 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 730 Union Street and at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military hon- ors will be in Most Holy Re- deemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675

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