BRAZIL — Dr. Reed M. Stewart, 66, died at his home in Delaware on Dec. 27, 2006.
Born in Brazil, Indiana, on March 30, 1940, he is the son of the late Robert B. Stewart, former Circuit Court Judge of Clay County, and Ruby M. Stewart, almost 101, of Manhattan, Kansas.
He graduated from the Brazil public school system; from then-Indiana State College, 1962; Garrett Theological Seminary, a Howes Memorial Scholar with a master’s of divinity degree, 1965, and ordained as a United Methodist minister; Indiana University with a master’s in student personnel administration, 1970; and a doctorate in higher education administration, 1971. Dr. Stewart had an active serving life that began with his delivering the Brazil Times for many years. Governor of Hoosier Boys’ State in 1958, Dr. Stewart is best known in Brazil as the winner of the American Legion’s National Oratorical Contest in 1958 when he received nation-wide recognition, appearing on the Today Show in New York City. After serving six United Methodist churches in Indiana, Dr. Stewart continued to minister part-time as he worked at five different colleges before becoming president of Wesley College in Dover, Del., in 1983. In 1997, he was honored to be elected President Emeritus by Wesley’s Board of Trustees and awarded a six-month sabbatical when he retired. Dr. Stewart’s public speaking continued from his high school years through the loss of his God-given voice from thyroid cancer. He was to be the keynote speaker at the Johns Hopkins conference for head and neck patients in April. Since his retirement, Dr. Stewart has served Frankford United Methodist Church and continued as one of the Board of Directors of Artisans’ Bank. Dr. Stewart served as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, was recipient of the Buchanan Award in Dover as their outstanding citizen in 1992, was named in 1998 Sagamore of the Wabash as an outstanding citizen from Indiana by Governor O’Bannon, was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of outstanding service awards from President Clinton, the Delaware legislature, the City of Dover and received too many other honors and awards to list.
In addition to his mother, Reed is survived by his best friend and wife of 45 years, Beverly; his son, Reed, Jr., the Clinical Counseling Coordinator of Albion College and co-founder/psychotherapist of the DBT Center of Michigan, and his wife Kristie; his daughter, Elaine, a registered nurse for an outpatient clinic at the University of New Mexico Hospital; two grandchildren, Lucas and Alexandra; his brother, Dr. G. Kent, retired professor of Kansas State University, and his wife Barbara; three nieces and one nephew, Kenna, Jill, Kimberly and Paul.
Services will be at French Funeral Home in Brazil at 3 p.m. on Wednesday with Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, one hour prior to services. Memorial services will be at his beloved Frankford church at a later date. Rather than flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated for Frankford United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 37, Frankford, DE 19945 or InterFaith Mission of Sussex Co., 31131 White’s Neck Drive, Ocean View, DE 19970.