David W. Stewart
1920 - 2017
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Stewart, David W.

Pittsford: David W. Stewart, former CEO of Rochester Blue Cross, well-known Pittsford resident and father of five PCS graduates passed from this life on January 28, 2017 while residing in a long-term care facility in Sandusky, OH. He was 96. Mr. Stewart was a graduate of the University of Rochester where he met and wed Allison Fry, to whom he was married for over 50 years by the time she passed in 2004. Mr. Stewart gained National attention in the health care field in the 1970s when Rochester's Blue Cross initiated group health programs that caught the eye of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, who then selected the Rochester area as the National test site for newly formed Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Owing to Rochester's pioneering work in this area Mr. Stewart was invited to give lectures on the keys to HMO success to all varieties of audiences including government, university, and civic organizations.

During his thirty-six year tenure at Blue Cross from 1949 to 1985 David joined dozens of organizations and charities engaged in all aspects of health care and was the recipient of numerous awards including the following:

Justin Ford Kimball Award for Achievement, American Hospital


Distinguished Service Award, Genesee Region Home Care


Pioneer Award, National Hemophilia Foundation;

Ruth F. Wilson Award, New York State Home Care Association;

Goler Award, New York State Public Health Association;

Innovation Award, Rochester Hemophilia Center;

Hutchinson Medal for Distinguished Public Service, University of


Herman Biggs Award, New York State Public Health Association

He was an active skier at Bristol Mountain well into his 80s, and David's seemingly unbounded energy served his church and many local organizations.

David is survived by his children: David W. Stewart, Jr. of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Henry M. Stewart of Canandaigua NY; Nelson H. Stewart (Donna) of Richmond, VA; Jean Stewart Feick (John) of Sandusky, OH, and Douglas F. Stewart (Karen) of Arlington, VA; in addition to 9 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Pittsford's First Presbyterian Church at 2:30 PM on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, 21 Church St. NY at 2:30 PM on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford or charity of your choice.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Feb. 5, 2017.
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March 12, 2017
To the Stewart family,

Working for your Dad was a wonderful experience. He would come in on weekends and thank people for coming in. In winter he brought his snow shoes to go hiking later. He would ask if there was any particular picture hanging in the building that we liked and would bring it and hang it by you. He was so kind and truly valued his employees. A pioneer who created health insurance that was for the people. He was highly respected and treated us like people and not just an employee. He made this world a better place, for sure. God bless you all.

Luba Titorov Davis
February 18, 2017
David was a close friend , a pioneer, a mentor, and just an overall wonderful human being. Those who know any of the history of Rochester's healthcare system's uniqueness and national reputation know that the community and the country were significantly better off for having the good fortune to have Dave Stewart in our midst
anthony mott
February 15, 2017
I remember Dave from Bristol Mt. I ran the tuning center, always enjoyed talking with him, Dave was a very nice person. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Tom Gosper
February 13, 2017
I knew Mr. and Mrs. Stewart. I found them both very engaging and enjoyed speaking with them. You have my condolences.
Mark Cohen, MD
February 11, 2017
So sorry to hear this sad news. Dave was my mentor and a friend. He taught me and so many others in 'how health care and payment for care' works and how it could be improved. He promoted women and valued everyone's contribution. I had hoped to see him and again express my gratitude for all he did for my career. I will never forget him.
Nancy Beaman
February 5, 2017
February 5, 2017
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