A Tribute to Honor the Life of Joseph Anthony Stewartby Representative John A. Boehner
Posted on 2013-12-12
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Mr. BOEHNER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleague from
California, Ms. Eshoo, to honor the memory of Joseph A. Stewart, who
passed away on December 6, 2013, after a full and enriching life
looking out for others.
Joseph was born on January 20, 1941, in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Seton Hall University, earning a degree in classical languages. He received his MA and PhD in human relations and social policy planning from New York University.
His concern for the sick spurred a prolific career in health care that spanned more than 40 years, taking him everywhere from large academic medical centers to community non-profit hospitals.
The first administrator of Cooperative Care at New York University Medical Center, Joseph went on to hold academic appointments at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California.
Joseph was also actively involved in his local parish, where he mentored new ministers.
Monsignor Scott Daugherty of St. Anne and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Porterville, California, said Joseph ``was a great man, greatly respected by many.'' Similarly, Deacon Jim Deiterle said, ``He was a great man and had a great outlook on life. . . . He was so committed, so enthused with what he was talking about.'' Porterville Unified School District Superintendent John Snavely said of Joseph, ``What I admired about him is how quickly and how completely he embraced the community.'' Indeed, Joseph Stewart was a man who shared and spread every one of his passions--be it faith, education, or health care. He didn't just do a kindness for someone; he connected with them. He moved people.
Joseph will be remembered as a friend, an educator, a mentor, and a leader. He will also be remembered as a brother to Michael, and a father to David, Brian, Charles, and Catherine.
David serves as Policy Director in the Office of the Speaker, and has been a trusted advisor of mine for the last five years. Charles worked for the Senate Commerce Committee before assuming his current position as Communications Director for Ms. Eshoo nearly two years ago.
Both of these gentlemen are held in high regard by colleagues and members of this body. Their outstanding service to this institution makes clear that Joseph's legacy is in the best of hands.
To David and Charles, and to all their loved ones, we offer our prayers and those of the entire House of Representatives.
Let us also offer our deep appreciation for the service of Joseph Anthony Stewart, and for all the good he did in a life of purpose and accomplishment.