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Queen’s remembers Arthur Stewart

The Queen’s community is remembering Arthur Stewart, a continuing adjunct professor in the Department of Economics, who died Saturday, Jan. 16. He was 67.

Stewart taught at Queen’s for more than 30 years and had a lasting impact on his students.

He earned his B.A. in economics at Western University and continued his graduate studies at Queen’s. He then returned to Western where he taught a variety of courses in economics ranging from principles, public finance, industrial organization, cost benefit analysis and microeconomic theory.   

In 1988 he was back at Queen’s and continued that breadth of teaching for the university’s undergraduates. He was an excellent teacher who was very popular among the students and won the Queen’s Economics Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2014. His fourth-year seminar course was one of the most popular courses in the department and produced many excellent essays.

He also played a significant role in the early days of the School of Policy Studies and would serve as the executive director of operations and research while also teaching several courses.

Like he did with his students, Stewart had a lasting impact on his colleagues at Queen’s.

“(I) first met Art when I played softball with him at Western in London. When I came to Queen’s in 1988 my most important decision was inviting Art to Queen’s to help me in the development of the School of Policy Studies,” says Professor Emeritus Tom Courchene. “Together we organized conferences, edited books, and were able to get the School of Policy Studies recognized as an influential player in Canadian Public Policy. At the same time Art became a very popular and highly esteemed member of the Economics teaching team and one of our grandsons was lucky enough to have Art as a professor.

“Art and I enjoyed many lively discussions, and a sharing of ideas and anecdotes – his intellectual curiosity, originality and generous personality made him a valued colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed.”