Dr. Donald W. Stewart, physician in internal medicine, died October 16, 2016 at Towson Manor Care from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born in Baltimore to Clarence R. Stewart and Naomi Brown Stewart, he graduated from the Frederick Douglass High School in 1947, and earned a bachelor’s degree with Highest Honors from Morgan State University. Initially desiring a degree in dentistry, he applied to the University of Maryland dental school but was rejected because of race. When Stewart subsequently determined that he would prefer to be a physician rather than a dentist, Thurgood Marshall encouraged him to apply to the medical school. After a bitter legal battle, he was accepted and was admitted in 1951. After receiving a medical degree, Stewart completed a residency in internal medicine at Sinai Hospital.
A memorial service will be held November 12, 2016 at 10:00AM at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217. The family has requested that donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter (Designation- Education in the African American Community), 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.
Stewart is survived by his wife, Olivia Cheeks Stewart, two sons, Philip H. Stewart and Wayne Stewart, a daughter, Karen P. Stewart; six grandchildren; a great grand-son; a sister, Thelma Green Cauldy; a stepson, Gregory Cheeks, and two stepdaughters, Donise Cheeks and Gayle Watkins.