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Stanley Stewart Obituary
STANLEY STEWART, age 84, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on February 9, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara; devoted sons, Brad and wife Brenda and Duncan; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and his brother and sister. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 5, 1931 and enlisted in the Navy when he came of age. He later moved to Riverside, CA to raise his family and work as a professor of English Literature after receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, horseback riding, reading and attending UCLA football games with his family. He loved singing in the church choir. He was a pillar in his community and church and an inspiration to his family and those who knew him. Professor Stewart was an impressively accomplished scholar: from his first book on early modern poetry, The Enclosed Garden: The Tradition and the Image in 17th Century Poetry (1966), to his very recent Shakespeare and Philosophy (2010), in which he explores the role that Shakespeare played in the thinking of philosophers from Kant to Kierkegaard. He was also a leading expert on the 17th century poet and dramatist Ben Jonson, and he served as the longstanding editor of the Ben Jonson Journal. Professor Stewart has ranged across the literature and thought of the English Renaissance with a clear understanding of the rich and varied ways in which literature can offer insights into the complexities of social and cultural change. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Mellon Grant. He was the UCR Faculty Research Lecturer in 2000. Stanley Stewart brought this profound erudition into the classroom. Throughout his career at UCR, he has been a master teacher, not only a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, but also an inspiration to graduate students and undergraduates alike. Just this past fall quarter he taught English 20A, Introduction to the English Literary Tradition, the required introduction to the English major to over 200 students. One student comment says it all: "Dr. Stewart embodies what a teacher should be: Informative, kind, receptive, encouraging, intellectually challenging, dignified, confident, empathetic, responsible and witty. Not all teachers can claim all these at once." Stan Stewart was a devoted member of the English Department for 55 years. He was a towering figure in the profession and a guiding light to the students. He leaves a vacancy that is too huge to contemplate. There will be a funeral service at St. George's Episcopal Church, Saturday, February 20 at 1:00pm, 950 Spruce Street, Riverside.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 18, 2016
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