Dr. George Stewart, professor emeritus of endodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, passed away November 23, 2009, at the age of 90.
Dr. Stewart, along with Dr. Louis Grossman, was the founder of the Penn Postdoctoral Endodontic Program and a prominent member of the endodontic faculty since 1947. He was also a charter member of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), serving as AAE President from 1958 to 1959. Prior to coming to Penn, he served on the faculty at UCLA.
Of his many accomplishments, Dr. Stewart did pioneering work in the use of antibiotics in root canal therapy, and helped develop new instruments and procedures for bleaching discolored, pulpless teeth.
Praised by the School for his invaluable contributions to the endodontic profession, he was awarded the School’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1988. He received his degree in 1944.
Dr. Stewart is survived by his daughter, Wendy Stewart; three step-grandchildren; and four step-great grandchildren.
Details of a memorial service were not available at press time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Make checks payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and send to: Endodontics Department, School of Dental Medicine, 240 S. 40th Street, Evans Building, Room W5, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030.