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Chester B. Stewart was born on December 17, 1910 in Norboro, P.E.I. He attended Prince of Wales College and entered Dalhousie in the fall of 1932. He received a BSc degree in 1936 and an M.D.,C.M. in 1938.
He was the Assistant Secretary at 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. He was Dean of Medicine from 1954-1971 and served as Vice President, Health Sciences from 1971-1976. He was also a member of the Isaak Walton Killam Children's Hospital.
Dr. Stewart was the author of more than eighty articles in professional publications on medical research, medical education, and medical economics. His other fields of research included aviation medicine, decompression sickness, and tuberculosis. Dr. Stewart received numerous awards, including three honorary degrees, the Centennial Medal in 1967, and the Order of Canada in 1972. He passed away in 1999.