Frank M. Stewart

Age 79: Army veteran, stamp collector

May 24, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Frank M. Stewart, a retired mechanical engineer and noted philatelist, died Sunday of pneumonia at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Forest Hill resident was 79.

Mr. Stewart was born in Altoona, Pa., and raised in Williamsburg, Pa. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University in 1950.

He joined the Army in 1951 and was assigned to Edgewood Arsenal. After being discharged in 1953, he worked as a civilian employee and mechanical engineer at Edgewood for 35 years, working on the development of chemical munitions. He retired in 1988.

A lifelong stamp collector, he researched and wrote about the postal history of Harford County, which was published in 1972. He enjoyed exhibiting his cover collection at numerous stamp exhibitions and was a member of the Harford Stamp Club.

He was also a member of the American Philatelic Society and the Historical Society of Harford County.

Mr. Stewart was an avid gardener and cat fancier.

His wife of 49 years, the former Helen Lewis, died in 2007.

Mr. Stewart was a member of the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 128 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon, where services will be held at noon today.

Surviving are a son, Andrew J. Stewart of New Freedom, Pa.; four daughters, Linda J. Stewart of Baltimore, Lois J. Lowles of New Market, Sharon L. Gieseman of Granger, Ind., and Karen L. Gauss of Forest Hill; and nine grandchildren.

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