Professor Emeritus Darlene Stewart passed away March 27, 2013 in Medford, Ore. She was born in Webster City, Iowa May 19, 1935 to Bessie and Lloyd Scott.
She attended Drake University and the University of Kansas where she met her husband, Keith. They were both dormitory counselors. Darlene graduated in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy and they were married September 7, 1958.
Darlene commuted to work in Kansas City while Keith completed his bachelor of science degree in geology in 1959. In July of 1959 they packed all their worldly goods in the back of their 1951 Chevy Club Coupe and left for Fresno, Calif. Darlene soon got a job as a physical therapist at Fresno Community Hospital and on August 26, 1959 their son, Scott was born.
On August 16, 1961 Carlene completed her shift in P.T., took a wheelchair down to the maternity ward, and four hours later their daughter, Cynthia was born.
Darlene received her master of science degree in 1971 and in 1972 started her career in physical therapy at California State University, Fresno. She served as Department Chair from the early 1980s until retiring in 1998.
In 1993 she co-authored the first guideline for Documenting Functional Outcomes in Physical Therapy. She served as president of the local and state chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and served as the chief delegate of the California Chapter of A.P.T.A.
Darlene led the efforts to allow the physical therapy programs in the California State University system to move from the Bachelor's to the Master's programs in the mid-1990s.
She is the recipient of the Charles Magistro Service Award from the California Physical Therapy Association and in 1997 received its most prestigious award, the Royce Noland Award of Merit for exceptional achievement.
At the time of her retirement, the Darlene Stewart Professional Promise Award was established to honor graduate physical therapy students demonstrating scholastic and clinical excellence and providing a positive impact within the physical therapy program and profession.
Darlene served as chair and member of the Boards of Directors for California Catalysts for over 10 years and an educational scholarship was established by them in her honor upon her resignation from the Board.
In 1998 Darlene and Keith moved to Aptos, Calif. where she was a volunteer with the Auxiliary at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif. for over 11 years.
Darlene loved to travel on tours and cruises. They traveled to 31 foreign countries including China, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the U.K., Israel, Kenya, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Tahiti, Greece, and New Zealand. Darlene also loved to volunteer, cook, entertain, and spoil her grandchildren.
In February 2012, Darlene and Keith moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore., a move they had been planning for several years. The move proved to be one of the best decisions they ever made. Darlene volunteered to make the concert posters until she was physically unable to continue.
She is survived by her husband, Keith; son, Scott Stewart, of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter, Cynthia Bjork, of Clayton, Calif.; four grandchildren; and 14 nieces and nephews.
Darlene touched so many lives throughout her illustrious career. She was an inspiration to us all and will be truly missed but never forgotten. Her ashes will be spread in the ocean off of the Kauai she loved.
Arrangements by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland, Ore.