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Obituary: Stewart McHenry, 1935-2022 

Former professor's passions were his family and studying other cultures

Published July 6, 2022 at 6:13 a.m. | Updated July 27, 2022 at 11:39 a.m.

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Stewart McHenry passed away in May 2022 after a long life filled with happiness.

Stewart came to Vermont in the 1970s to teach cultural geography, first the University of Vermont, then at many other Vermont colleges. Later in his career, he modified his course offerings to teach about Middle Eastern extremism and terrorism to future military leaders at Norwich University.

Stewart graduated from the University of Chicago and earned graduate degrees in cultural geography from Southern Illinois University and Syracuse University. Stewart was a passionate learner of other cultures and was especially interested in the people of the Middle East and Turkey and was proud to teach others about them.

After retiring, Stewart began honing his photography and art skills and created many beautiful pieces that have been displayed throughout Vermont.

Stewart is survived by his son, Alex, and daughter, Kathy; his grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. He was a devout Christian, worshipping at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul for over 40 years, and he truly followed Jesus’ instructions to love others as you would love yourself.

Although cultural geography was his passion, his greatest love was for his family. Highlights of his life were when he was with family, whether it was during a rare trip across the country or a Sunday dinner in town. His young nephews and nieces, whom he loved being around, nicknamed him “Uncle Snorey Guy” for his post-Thanksgiving-meal naps. At his nephew’s son’s wedding a few years ago, he was dancing to millennial songs and having the time of his life.

A funeral service for Stewart will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on July 23 at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
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