William R. "Bill" Stewart (1947 - 2016)

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William "Bill" R. Stewart was born Third Generation Oilfield Trash to Don and Jean Stewart. He experienced world-wide travel and peripatetic residencies during childhood. After graduation from West Anchorage High School he rough necked offshore in Cook Inlet and enrolled at University of Alaska Fairbanks, playing trumpet and joining the U.S. Army ROTC. In '67, Bill transferred to University of Tulsa, working at Reading & Bates corp offices until graduation in '69. Bill returned to the Alaska oil industry and went on to become a flamboyant independent oilman and globe trotter enjoying successes, making oil and gas discoveries in seven states, including Alaska. Also suffering losses - it's the oil business. After 10 years outside, Bill returned to Alaska to enjoy all it offers. He worked at Baileys until retirement. He penned "Enchallah! If the God Wills It (Confessions of an Oilfield Brat)" and began a sequel. His technical paper published this year outlined the potential to co-mingle oil and gas from the North Slope in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Serving on the Board of Directors of Akeela Inc., an Alaskan statewide non-profit helping people with their substance abuse and mental health issues, Bill worked assisting Akeela Inc.'s development activities by authoring a plan outlining the establishment of an Anchorage, Alaska, hospital facility devoted to treating opioid addiction epidemic victims. William R. Stewart is survived by his mother, Jean Stewart; daughter, Audra Stewart; and former spouse, Rebecca Stewart. Bill is very missed by many, including Gene and Muriel Furman; Melanie Clark; Dawn Lindsay; members of Akeela Inc. board; and Petroleum Club oil field buddies. A Celebration of Life to be held on Nov. 6, 2016, at Mt. Vernon Commons, 34th Street in Anchorage, between Arctic and Eide, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 25, 2016
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