Retired Alaska Superior Court Judge Thomas Stewart died at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital from complications arising from pneumonia. He was 88.
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He served in the territorial House of Representatives and was a senator in the first session of the Alaska Legislature. He was the secretary of the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955 and 1956.
During World War II, he was a U.S. Army captain in the 10th Mountain Division ski troops, serving in Italy and the Aleutian Islands.
He served as Superior Court judge in Juneau for 15 years, retiring in 1981.
"He was a great man and the best father," his son Caleb Stewart said Wednesday night.
Judge Stewart volunteered for the Juneau World Affairs Council, served on the board of directors for the Symphony Foundation and the Southeast Alaska Land Trust, and was active with the Juneau Lyric Opera and other arts and community groups.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane Stewart, and son, Thomas Stewart. He is survived by six of his children: Caleb Stewart and Mary Etheridge, of Juneau; Elizabeth Hendricks, of Anchorage; Steve Stewart and his wife Ann, of Anchorage; Donna Stewart, of Mill Valley, Calif.; and Rebecca Stewart, of Eugene, Ore.