Orville Stewart

Orville W. Stewart, 98, of Frankfort, died Thursday, February 7, 2013.

He was born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky to the late May Arnold Stewart Carpenter and David M. Stewart on April 22, 1914. Mr. Stewart was Professor Emeritus for the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as a research engineer for the Wenner-Gren Aeronautical Research Laboratory, power companies, Cummins Engine, U.S. Patent Office and U.S. Senate.

Mr. Stewart was also a WWII Veteran having served as a Navy Lt. in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was a member of the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church and a member and chair of The American Coal Association, the KSPE and NAPE.

Mr. Stewart was a faculty advisor for ASME where he was awarded Lifetime Fellow for Professional Excellence.

Mr. Stewart is survived by his two daughters, Sharon Rivers (Dan) Arnold, of Frankfort, and Sally Stewart (Richard) Musgrove, of Florida; his grandchildren, Daniel Stewart (Paula) Arnold, Stephen Stewart (Stephanie) Rice, Reagan (Ian) Mott-Smith and Whitney (Charlie) Usina; step-grandchildren, Mitchell Musgrove and Catherine Musgrove; and 15 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2013 at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church. Funeral Service will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Todd Lester officiating. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Serving as casketbearers will be Daniel Arnold, Richard Musgrove, Stephen Rice, Bob Arnold, Gary Mitchell and Robert Hood.

In honor of Mr. Stewart’s life and legacy, memorial contributions may be made to Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church Building Fund and/or Hospice of the Bluegrass. Visit www.clarklegacycenter.com for more.

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  • My deepest condolences to the family of O. W. Stewart. I am one of many mechanical engineering graduates who was touched by Professor Stewart's personality and classroom instruction. Although he was already 60 years old by the time I graduated in 1974, he was one of the few professors who seemed to enjoy joking around with the students. He told many stories in class about his wide ranging experiences, all of which were beneficial to prepare us for our own future experiences. I have to share one experience with Professor Stewart since it involves him laughing, which he did quite a bit. I had volunteered to get the speaker for the engineering awards banquet, and the two OWs (Stewart and Gard) gave me the name of one of their former students who was in the military. He accepted the invitation and gave a presentation about engineering in various areas of the military. Professor Stewart and I were sitting at the very back table during the banquet. After the speech was over, the president of the engineering honorary that emceed the event got up and raved about how that speech was far better than anything he had heard at recent previous awards banquets. Sitting on either side of the guest speaker were the dean and one of the associate deans, each of whom had been the banquet speaker in the previous two years. Professor Stewart and I both nearly fell out of our chairs from laughter over that dumb statement. While I did come back to serve on the faculty at UK, it was long after Professor Stewart had retired so I never got to work with him as a colleague. However, I do remember him as a personable professor who easily interacted with his students and was a positive influence on all those that he touched. I try to reflect many of his characteristics in my own interactions with students, so hopefully I carry on his legacy in a way.