John Ewin Stewart ( - 2012)


John Ewin Stewart died April 17, 2012.

A longtime Mercer Island, Wash. resident, he was born to Edna Ewin and Benjamin Duane Stewart on Dec. 9, 1912, in Juneau, the second-eldest son of a family of five children.

He helped build the Alcan Highway and helped to survey and set boundary markers for the original Mount McKinley National Park. He also taught himself to become a certified bush pilot mechanic.

After graduating in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington, John received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Navy to offer his medical services during World War II. Stewart returned to Harvard to finish specialty training in orthopedic surgery.

Moving to Seattle in 1951, Stewart set up an orthopedics practice and worked at Swedish Hospital. He worked at the hospital for more than 25 years and served as chief of staff from 1976–1978. He donated his time and expertise to several charitable medical causes during and after his career.

John was predeceased by his parents, his wife Mary Louise, his brother B.D., sisters Mary and Jeannette, and his younger brother, Tom. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Gorton Stewart; children Mary Anne, John W., Thomas Leighton, Alexander E., Elizabeth Mary, and James A.D. and other family members.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island.
Remembrances may be made to the Swedish Medical Center Foundation.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 26 to May 5, 2012
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