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Richard J. "Dick" Stewart

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Richard J. "Dick" STEWART Richard was born on May 30th, 1942 to parents, Ralph and Bernadette of Duluth, MN. As a young man, he found solace in running the trails of his hometown, a love his daughter would later inherit as an avid runner. He asked his future wife, Mary Ann, on their first date to an East High School Hockey game. They were inseparable for the next 46 years. Richard served as bench coach and never missed a game, no matter how far away, when his son took up hockey in Seattle. Richard was accepted to graduate school at three different universities in three different scientific fields. Stanford held the most attraction, and he and Mary Ann drove west to complete a PhD in Geology in 1970. He began that same year as a professor at the University of Washington. Geology was his passion; his doctoral thesis focused on the formation of the Olympic Mountain range, a large section of which he mapped. This research was followed up with fission-track analysis of sediments there and elsewhere to help us understand how and when these structures were formed. His wife and children fondly remember days spent driving forest service roads accompanying him on his research, though they readily admit that all the rocks looked the same to them. Richard deeply loved his wife and friend of 46 years, Mary Ann, his children, Anna and Ian and daughter-in-law, Christina. He was very proud of them. Richard is also survived by his sister, Frances Rasmussen and her four children, Sara, Geoffrey, Kristen, and Stewart, and friends, Chuck and Marie Hoffman. A Memorial Remembrance will be held this Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall 225, on the UW campus. Family and friends are welcome to come to a gathering at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula on April 29th. Please make remembrances to the Nature Conservancy.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2006
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