A member of the DePauw University Board of Trustees has died. James G. Stewart, a native of Fort Wayne, passed away March 5 at his home in Pennsylvania. He was 73.
Stewart graduated from DePauw in 1964. He is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI), a position he held from 1983 until his retirement in 2002.
Stewart became an advisory trustee at DePauw last year. In May, he made a $5 million donation to The Campaign for DePauw. The university is naming the plaza currently being constructed between Hoover Hall and the Memorial Student Union after him in recognition of the donation.
"Jim remained interested and involved in all things DePauw until his death,? staying in touch with the University on the progress of James G. Stewart Plaza, the beautiful gathering place under construction between Hoover Hall and the Memorial Student Union Building," says DePauw President Brian Casey. "Jim was an enormous force on the DePauw board, never afraid to ask the tough questions. He was an elegant and precise thinker, and an important guide for all of us. We were all made better off due to his many contributions to his alma mater, a place he truly loved."
In addition to the DePauw Board of Trustees, Stewart served on the board and executive committee of Philadelphia’s science museum, the Franklin Institute. He also served on the audit, finance and investment committees for both institutions.
"I am forever indebted to DePauw for the experiences I had during my time as a student, and this campaign is about ensuring that those transformational experiences live on in perpetuity," Stewart said last year in the announcement of his gift to the university.
A memorial celebration will be held in Haverford, Pennsylvania on April 2.