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Chester B. Stewart was Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University from 1954-1971. Born on 17 December 1910 in Norboro, Prince Edward Island, he attended Prince of Wales College before entering Dalhousie in 1932. He received a BSc in 1936 and his MD,CM in 1938. He became assistant secretary of the Assoc. Commission of Medical Research from 1938-1940 and served with the Royal Canadian Armed Forces Medical Branch from 1940-1945. In 1946 he was appointed professor of epidemiology at Dalhousie University, a post he held until 1976. After stepping down as Dean of Medicine in 1971 he served as vice president of Health Sciences from 1971-1976. He was also a member of the Isaak Walton Killam Children's Hospital.
Dr. Stewart published over eighty articles on medical research, medical education and medical economics. Other fields of research included aviation medicine, decompression sickness, and tuberculosis. He received numerous awards, including three honorary degrees, the Centennial Medal in 1967, and the Order of Canada in 1972. He died in 1999.