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Former President Dies

Former University of Alberta president Andrew Stewart died on 14 July in Victoria, B. C.

Born in Scotland in 1904, Dr Stewart was appointed to the Department of Political Economy at the U of A in 1935 and became the University's president in 1950. He served in that of office until 1959.

Dr. Stewart's presidency was characterized by rapid University growth and an acute need for expansion of staff and buildings at a time of escalating costs.

It was during his presidency that the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research was established, and in 1985 this was recognized by the creation of the Andrew Stewart Graduate Prizes at the University.

Following his time as president Dr. Stewart went to Ottawa, where he served for 10 years as chair of the Board of Broadcast Governors, the forerunner of the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission. Returning to Alberta, he served as chair of Alberta's Universities Commissions for three years, after which time he was active in establishing the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

He moved to Sidney B.C. in 1973, and there he served on the Sidney Advisory Commission and the provincial capital commission.

Dr. Stewart's diverse contributions were recognized by honorary degrees from the Universities of Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Laval in Canada, and one from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society.

He leaves behind his wife, Jessie, six children, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His son Robert practises as a pediatrician in Edmonton.

Published Autumn 1990.

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