Hugh Jefferson Stewart was born 30 August 1909 in Deadwood, South Dakota and passed April 22, 2009 in Boulder. He graduated from high school in 1927 in Tacoma, Washington and from Oregon State University in 1933 with a BS in Forestry. Upon graduation from OSU he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Hugh married Lenore Lofthus 22 December 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota, while working as a Technical Forester in the North Woods. In 1941 he was called to active duty and spent the next 20 years in the Army, serving in Iran, Japan, Korea, Germany and stateside. During the Korean War, Hugh was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He retired from the 1st Region U.S. Army Defense Command in August 1961 at Fort Totten, Long Island, New York.
Following military retirement, Hugh and his family moved to Boulder where he worked 10 years as a Technical Writer/Editor/Planning Officer for the National Bureau of Standards, retiring in 1971. He was President of the Boulder Genealogical Society and the Men’s Garden Club. He was a board member of the Boulder Philharmonic and sang in the University of Colorado’s Festival Chorus for 16 years. An avid outdoors man, he loved to fly fish, hunt, ski, hike and climb (in Japan he climbed Mt. Fuji). Hugh also loved tennis, golf and gardening.
Hugh and Lenore attended St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry as Secretary and Jr. Warden; helped maintain the church grounds; sang baritone in the choir for 16 years; and served as Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister. Hugh was a member of St. Aidan’s for 48 years.
From 1996 until he passed away, Hugh enjoyed life as a member of the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community.
Lenore preceded him in death. Hugh’s brother Bob lives in Denver. Hugh has two daughters, Jennifer Stewart and Anne Stewart, both married and living in Colorado. He has four grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held at St. Aidan Episcopal Church in Boulder on Saturday, 9 May 2009 at 1:00pm. Burial took place at Fort Logan National Cemetery on 27 April 2009.
[Editor’s Note: Hugh J. Stewart was a charter member of Boulder Genealogical Society.]