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Marie Palm Stewart Endowed Fund will support education scholarships

In honor of his mother's life-long dedication to teaching, Dr. Malcolm Stewart, a Dallas neurologist, has established an endowment fund at New Mexico State University that will help aspiring teachers pay for their education.



College of Education Dean Robert Moulton, left, Marie Palm Stewart and her son Dr. Malcolm Stewart, who recently established, with a $10,000 gift, the Marie Palm Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will support students in the College of Education..

The Marie Palm Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund, established with a $10,000 gift, will support a yearly scholarship in the College of Education at New Mexico State.

Marie Palm Stewart attended high school in Deming, N.M., and then the College of Industrial Arts in Denton, Texas, where she received a teacher's certificate in elementary education. Later she attended night school and summer school in El Paso and at New Mexico State University, then known as New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1950 she received a bachelor's degree and in 1961 a master's degree, both at New Mexico State.

"Besides her family, teaching was her whole life," said Malcolm Stewart. "She was a movie star of a teacher -- she captured her students' attention and entertained them with learning."

She started as a teacher at Lewis Flats of Deming in a two-room schoolhouse where she taught first through fourth grade. She later taught at Akela, N.M., in a renovated train boxcar and then at Gage, N.M., west of Deming, after cowboys threw the previous teacher in a trash can, according to family legend. She finished her career in Las Cruces at McArthur and Conlee elementary schools. In her final year before retiring in 1976, she worked in curriculum development. She now lives in Dallas.

"She always wanted to bring out the best in people. Her students were always the best students because she made them that way," Stewart said.

Stewart said he created the fund to give back to the community and call attention to his mother's work. He said 22 members of their family have graduated from New Mexico State. He was the Outstanding Senior for the College of Arts and Sciences in 1963, when he graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology.

"New Mexico State provided me and my mother with an opportunity and set high standards for us," said Stewart, who serves on the College of Education's Board of Advocates.

Gifts can be made to the fund through the New Mexico State University Foundation, P.O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, N.M. 88003. Please note that the gift is for the Marie Palm Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund. For more information about the endowment call (505) 646-2130.

Photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/stewart_endowment.jpg.
CUTLINE: College of Education Dean Robert Moulton, left, Marie Palm Stewart and her son Dr. Malcolm Stewart, who recently established, with a $10,000 gift, the Marie Palm Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will support students in the College of Education at New Mexico State University. (New Mexico State University photo by Pat Conn)

Julie M. Hughes
Jan. 24, 2002