Dr. E.H. Stewart

[Age 90] The surgeon had a practice in Northeast Baltimore and served on the staffs at several hospitals in the city.

Dr. Stewart graduated in 1943 from the University of Maryland medical school and later served on its faculty.

May 09, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Dr. Edwin H. Stewart, a retired Baltimore surgeon and longtime Homeland resident, died of a bacterial infection Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 90.

Dr. Stewart was born in Baltimore and raised on Rosebank Avenue in North Baltimore. He was a 1934 graduate of City College and earned his bachelor's degree in 1939 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Before attending medical school, Dr. Stewart worked in the laboratory of Dr. Nicholson J. Eastman, a professor of obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a birth control advocate who conducted pioneering research into in vitro fertilization.

Dr. Stewart was a 1943 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he trained as a surgeon and completed his internship and residency. After a year in cancer research with the U.S. Department of Public Health, Dr. Stewart entered private practice in 1947 when he established an office in the 1900 block of E. Northern Parkway.

In addition to his practice, he was on the faculty of the UM medical school and on the surgical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, Maryland General Hospital and the old Church Home Hospital.

In the late 1960s, as a consultant to the state Department of Corrections, Dr. Stewart lobbied the General Assembly to improve health care for inmates.

He was a member of a committee that advised former Gov. William Donald Schaefer on medical matters and a malpractice adviser for P.I.E. Mutual Insurance Co.

"He was a great teacher and a skilled technician. He was a vibrant person, a great surgeon, and an all-around good man," said Dr. Joseph C. Orlando, chief of plastic surgery at Good Samaritan. "He never differentiated between private patients or the indigents who came through the front door. He took care of them all, no matter what their circumstances. "

"He was humble and a great man who influenced my career substantially," said Dr. Mouhamad Annous, a Baltimore vascular surgeon and former student of Dr. Stewart's. "He taught the art of caring and how to deliver it to patients. He certainly left his mark in Baltimore."

"He was highly thought of by his colleagues. He was a meticulous surgeon and a warm and compassionate physician," said Dr. David D. Golub, a retired radiologist and friend of many years.

Dr. Stewart retired in 1992.

He had been active with Boy Scout Troop 133 at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, where he had been a communicant for 78 years. He also enjoyed teaching at the Renaissance Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

"He also enjoyed counseling young adults, offering words of encouragement and advice on education and personal growth," said a son, James L. Stewart of Baltimore.

A longtime resident of Broxton Road, Dr. Stewart enjoyed flower gardening, reading and collecting Rose Medallion china.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at his church, 5500 York Road.

Also surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Ella Slade, who had been a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital; two other sons, Dr. Charles E. Stewart and Thomas J. Stewart, both of Baltimore; two daughters, N. Elaine Dougherty of Baltimore and Mary Ellen McCrea of Annapolis; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.


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