Dr. Elwin Stewart honored for 18 years of service to the Department of Plant Pathology
Posted: November 18, 2011
Top: Dr. Elwin Stewart. Bottom (left-right): Drs. Fred Gildow, Barbara Christ, Elwin Stewart, Herb Cole.
Dr. Stewart earned his Ph.D. in 1974 from Oregon State University and immediately began his professional career in academics as an assistant professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Elwin served on the faculty at Minnesota from 1975-1993 and became a recognized leader in mycology teaching and research during this time. In 1993, Elwin began his Penn State career as professor and head of the Department of Plant Pathology, a position he held for 9 years. Upon his arrival, Elwin managed improvements in the department in spite of severe budget cuts. Eventually he was able to grow the department through the hiring of five of our current faculty members. He also oversaw the growth of graduate student endowments and was instrumental in the awarding of several million dollars worth of graduate education and research grants. During this time he also advised 6 graduate students on mycology research theses. After stepping down as department head in 2002, Elwin returned to teaching and initiated a research program on fungal diseases of grape, and eventually added responsibility for vineyard extension programming. Elwin is not really retiring, only changing jobs. He is busy managing the Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery in State College, and he now has an opportunity to put into practice all the mycology and plant pathology knowledge that he has been teaching all these years. We wish Elwin the best of luck and plan to visit his winery often.