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Media Release: James Drewry Stewart Ph. D, Leaves a Lifelong Legacy

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After a courageous and determined battle with Multiple Myeloma, James Stewart passes in his beloved Integral House on Wednesday morning December 3.

WireService.ca Media Release (12/04/2014) Toronto, ON - Knowing his condition was terminal, Jim asked to stop his dialysis treatment last Thursday November 27. He made this decision to ensure he would pass in a peaceful fashion, without pain and in his own bed. And he did.

Jim exited this life with the same panache as he lived his whole life, with a Celebration of Music in his home known as Integral House, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues from near and far.

"It is impossible to put in a few words the contribution Jim has made," said executor and brother-in-law Don Smith. "From a brilliant best-selling author, professional violinist, revered Teacher, generous philanthropist, and an architectural inspiration, and yet at the same time a humble and quiet individual who gave so much more than he received. He was without a doubt one of the most admired, loved, and befriended men not only in Canada but also internationally."

Born in Toronto, he was a brilliant scholar, earning his B.Sc, M.S. and Ph.D in Mathematics from Stanford and the University of Toronto. He was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of London (England) for several years. Jim was a teacher revered by his students during his years at McMaster University where he attained the status of Professor of Mathematics Emeritus and was awarded an honourary D.Sc. It was also here that he discovered he had an amazing talent for writing Math text books. His text for first year Calculus students became and still is the world's biggest seller. He went on to write a number of other books, all of which received academic acclaim and economic success. This enabled him to indulge his other three great loves; Music, Architecture and Philanthropy.

During his life he donated generously to the University of Toronto, McMaster University, which named their Mathematics Building, "The James Stewart Mathematics Centre", and The Fields Institute of Math which named their Library, "The James Stewart Library". The largest part of his estate will continue this philanthropic ideal with bequests to Educational, Architectural, Musical, Medical and Social programs.

"I have had the opportunity to engage with the most prolific creator I've ever known," says Joseph Clement. "From calculus mathematics, to classical music, to the sciences and education, to the LGBT movement, Jim has been an integral part of Canada's social fabric. And for the past three years Jim has given me the opportunity to explore his life and to see the process of this manifestation, which will be spotlighted in my documentary, The Integral Man."

Prior to his passing, and to recognize his lasting contributions to so many facets of Canadian life, Jim was nominated to receive The Order of Canada, sponsored by The Honourable Eric Hoskins, MPP and Minister of Health and supported by other great Canadians such as Stephen Lewis and Adrienne Clarkson; a distinguished and deserving award for an outstanding Canadian.

Jim had one last objective and that was to be present at his own Wake. As he said, "With a lineup like this, there's no way I'm going to miss it!" His Celebration of Life was attended 200 friends and family. There were several standing ovations and some tears followed by a wonderful selection of music from Chinese Pop to Classical violin to Measha Brueggergosman singing a selection of Straus.

Jim requested that neither a funeral or visitation be held, believing that he had already said goodbye. He wishes to be cremated and his ashes spread over the grounds of his beloved Integral House.

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Ingrid Hamilton | ingrid@gat.ca | 416-731-3034

 


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