MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Guy Stewart and his wife, Pat, remember their time being active with the West Virginia Press Association and the great group of friends they made during those years.
The Stewarts visited briefly with Don Smith, executive director of the WVPA, during a recent West Virginia University Reed College of Media recognition event in Morgantown.
Stewart, former dean of WVU’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism (now the Reed College of Media) at WVU, assisted with the WVPA for years and worked with Warren Buzzerd, George Wallace, Phil Fourney, Roy Owens, Ed Chadwick, Cecil B. Highland and others.
“It was quite a group,'” Stewart said of the membership during the years he was active with the Press Association.
Stewart, who grew up in Keyser, began his journalism career while still in high school, working for the Cumberland ( Md. ) Evening Times, Mineral Daily News-Tribune and Wheeling Intelligencer. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WVU in 1948 and 1949, respectively, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1957. He also worked briefly at the Chicago Tribune.
Stewart returned to his alma mater in 1960, first as a professor and director of graduate studies in the journalism school, then as the school’s dean from 1969-89. As dean, he oversaw the expansion of the school’s curriculum, was instrumental in renovations to the program’s home at Martin Hall and raised more than $2 million in scholarships and endowments. He returned as interim dean for two months in 1994.
Since his retirement, Stewart has been active in the 4-H All-Stars, an informal committee devoted to upgrading Jackson’s Mill. He spearheaded a campaign that raised $450,000 for a new pool at the Weston facility and was chair of a 4-H All-Stars legislative committee that lobbied for up to $35 million to renovate the mill’s buildings.
He lives in Morgantown with his wife, Patricia.
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