George A. Stewart Jr., Usf&g Executive

August 31, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

George A. Stewart Jr., a retired United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. executive and World War II veteran, died from multiple organ failure Aug. 16 at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. He was 87.

Mr. Stewart, the son of a prominent Johns Hopkins surgeon and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland. He was a 1939 graduate of Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia in 1943.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought with the 2nd Division in the Saipan-Tinian, Guam and Okinawa campaigns, and was a member of the occupation forces in Nagasaki.

He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict but did not go overseas, family members said. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He joined USF&G in 1946 and was assistant manager of the company's Richmond, Va., office and later manager of the New Orleans office.

He returned to Baltimore and was named regional manager for the company's Southeastern region before taking over management of the Western region, the company's largest. He retired in 1984.

The longtime North Roland Park resident was an active member of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a member of the session and had been clerk for two terms of the senate.

From 1972 to 1976, he had been a trustee at Gilman School and had been annual alumni giving class chairman from 1980 to 1996, and class notes secretary from 1993 to 2008.

Mr. Stewart, who enjoyed traveling and playing golf, was a member of the Maryland Club, Elkridge Club, Bachelors Cotillon and the St. Andrew's Society.

His wife of 38 years, the former Ann Gorman, died in 1984.

Services were held at his church Aug. 22.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, the former Evelyn McAslan; three sons, William G. Stewart of Stevenson, Robert M. Stewart of Ruxton and G. Alan Stewart of Atlanta; a stepson, Neil McAslan of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

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