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James Richard Stewart

1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
James Richard Stewart Obituary
April 22, 1933 - November 13, 2017
Jim Stewart was born April 22, 1933 in Fairfield, IA to Dr. W.D. and Doris Stewart.
He graduated from Fairfield High, did his premed in two years and graduated from IA University Medical School, the same year his grandfather celebrated his 50 yr reunion from Medical School and his father's 25th from Dental School. His brother Bob graduated with him. He did an internship and one yr of radiology in Des Moines, IA before his eleven years at the Mayo Clinic as a fellow (resident) and on the staff. While a fellow he received the Carmen Fellowship Award for Excellence in Radiology, also getting his MS in Radiology at U of MN. He not only wrote the book "Vascular Rings and Related Malformations of the Aortic Arch", he also drew all the illustrations that were not X-rays, was author of many published articles, both while @ Mayo Clinic & later in San Antonio. He then served two yrs in the Army at Beaumont Hospital as Chief of Radiology in El Paso. In 1969 he moved his family to SA and joined South TX Radiology with five in the group which has grown to over 80. Jim practiced mainly at Methodist Hospital which was small at the time, where he was Chief of Staff in 1978. He was the first radiologist in SA to research and order an MRI from Siemens which he found superior at the time. He gave speeches in the US, Japan and Sweden. He was a Clinical Associate Professor, University of TX Health Science Center. He was a Member of A.M.A., Sigma Xi, T.M.A, Bexar County Medical Society, & Society of Clinical Radiology. Not only is he known for his cardiac and neuro radiology, but for his inventive mind, starting fires in three different homes while working on a "new invention", one of them successful. He was known as "Sparky" in our last neighborhood as he cut down a tree which "was going to fall on our roof", hit a power line and knocked out power to Methodist Hospital, Oak Hills CC and the entire neighborhood. In 2000-2001 he was president of Oak Hills Country Club.
Jim taught his five children how to swim as infants, ski, play golf and tennis at young ages.
Jim is predeceased by his parents Dr. W.D. and Doris Stewart, grandparents Dr. W.L. and Grace Stewart, Mr. Orin and Stella Asby, brother Dr. Stephen Stewart, and son Douglas Michael Stewart.
He is survived by his wife Patricia of 63 yrs as of Dec. 30th, sons David (Dania), Daniel (AK), Drew (Linda), daughter Deborah Reid (Michael), grandchildren Megan (Zach), Sarah (Nelson), James, Thomas, Michael, Brad, Matt, Logan, Lexie, Sydney, Margy, Drew, Heros & Ellie, three greats Oliver, Soren and James; Janet & Dr. David Blackburn, brother Dr. W.R. Stewart, sister-in-law ML Stewart, and brother-in-law Dr. R.E. VanScoy, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Snowflake. Many thanks to the many caretakers from AA Care Services, esp. Toi, Juana, & Paulette; Maria who has been a devoted housekeeper for years & Hospice caretakers.
Burial will be private followed by a Celebration of his Life Service on Saturday Nov 18th @ 1:30 pm @ San Antonio CC, 4100 N New Braunfels, San Antonio, 78209
In lieu of food or flowers: donations to Salvation Army or the is preferable.
"That Best Portion of a Man's Life, His Little Nameless Unremembered Acts of Kindness and Love" -- Cicero
Published in Express-News on Nov. 16, 2017
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