M.D., a neurologist at the University of Utah School of Medicine
for 36 years, died June 22 in Salt Lake City after a three-year
struggle with treatment effects secondary to gall bladder cancer.
He was 75.
as a world-class clinician, diagnostician, and neuromuscular researcher,
as well as an outstanding teacher and mentor, Petajan developed
the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and established the university's
Multiple Sclerosis clinic.
member and president of the American Academy of Electromyography
and Electrodiagnosis, he was also a past president of the American
Academy of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and had served on the boards
of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Multiple
Sclerosis Society of Utah, and the Jimmie Heuga Medical Research
Foundation. He was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of
Neurology and elected to the American Neurological Association.
In 2003, the U neurology department named a laboratory after him
and held a symposium in his honor.
was born April 2, 1930 in Evanston, Ill., to John and Ruth Hougen
Petajan. He married Ruth Neve in 1951, and they were married 27
years. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Johns
Hopkins University in 1953, then in 1959 graduated from the University
of Wisconsin with both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in physiology. He went
on to a neurology residency at the University of Wisconsin; fellowships
with the Mayo Clinic and Brain Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland;
and stints as an assistant professor, Neurology and Physiology,
University of Wisconsin, and chief of physiology, Section of Arctic
Health Research Laboratory and U.S. Public Health Service, College,
Alaska. Petajan came to Salt Lake City in 1969 to the SLC Veterans
Administration Medical Center and University of Utah School of Medicine,
where he continued teaching, research, and clinical activity in
neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment, and performed pioneering
work in Multiple Sclerosis.
recipient of more than 20 research grants addressing a wide range
of topics, including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and
the physiology of central fatigue in these illnesses, among others,
Petajan published and contributed to over 100 professional articles,
abstracts, papers, and book chapters. His curiosity as a physician
reflected compassion stemming partially from life-threatening illnesses
he himself experienced throughout his life.
1979, Petajan married Mary Eve Sanford. His passion for music led
him to perform in string groups throughout his life, and with Eve,
he sang for 15 years in the Utah Symphony Choir and five years in
Pro Musica Chamber Choir. He was also an accomplished athlete, and
enjoyed sailing, skiing, running, golf, fishing, and travel.
is survived by his wife Eve; four children, Eric (Cori), Anne (Dan)
Chisholm, Amy (Glenn) McMinn, Bo David; and five grandchildren,
Dave, Joe, Alisha, John, and Peter; numerous nieces and nephews
throughout the country; and his last surviving brother, Albert (Sylvia)
Petajan, of Kewaunee, Wis.
from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from
Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice I. Daniel Stewart
BA’59 JD’62 died June 23 at age 72.
Daniel Stewart, Jr. was born Nov. 21, 1932 in Salt Lake City to
Isaac Daniel Stewart, Sr. and Orabelle Iverson Stewart. He graduated
from East High School, where he was an outstanding scholar and All
State football star, then attended the University of Utah for one
year on a football scholarship before serving a Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints mission to Germany from 1953-56. Months
before returning home, he contracted polio, then spent the next
year and a half in a difficult rehabilitation during which he was
confined to an iron lung and worked to regain basic abilities such
as holding a pen. When he was strong enough, he returned to the
U, where he graduated in 1959 as class valedictorian with a B.A.
in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa. That same year, he married
Geraldine Elizabeth Bryan. He then entered the U’s College
of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Utah Law Review,
was elected to the Order of the Coif, and graduated first in his
1962 to 1965, Stewart worked with the U.S. Department of Justice
Honors Antitrust Department in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to
Utah, he joined the U of U law school faculty, where he spent five
years teaching civil procedure, evidence, and antitrust. From 1970-79,
he was a partner and managing partner at the law firm of Jones,
Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough, where he practiced major business
antitrust and First Amendment litigation. In 1979, then-Governor
Scott Matheson appointed Stewart to the Utah Supreme Court, where
he served for 21 years. Justice Stewart was known for the powerful
clarity of his writing, the depth of his thought and legal analysis,
and the colorful and sometimes strong language used in his opinions,
particularly those dissenting. The Utah State Bar named him Appellate
Court Judge of the Year in 1986.
was preceded in death by his mother, father, and some siblings.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Liz Stewart Whitney
and her husband, John Larson, and their children, Rebecca Elizabeth
Whitney, Madeline Ann Whitney, Elizabeth Larson, McCall Larson,
and Jack Larson; daughter Shannon Stewart and her husband, Matthew
Clark, and their children, Eliza Stewart Clark, Isaac Daniel Clark,
and Amelia Stewart Clark; his sisters, Mary Louise Holbrook, Caroline
Madsen, Saundra Stewart, and Geraldine Waterman; and nieces and
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