Lives of the fellows

James Kendrick Steward

b.28 April 1917 d.20 June 1975
MB ChB Manch(1940) DCH(1948) MRCP(1950) MD(1959) FRCP(1971)

James Steward, who was to become a pioneer in the field of paediatric oncology, was born in Radlett, Hertfordshire. His father was Charles Kenrick Steward and his mother Mabel Sarah Finch. When he was 11 years old the family emigrated to New Zealand and James went to Christ’s College, Christchurch, followed by pre-clinical studies at Otago University before returning to England and graduating from the University of Manchester.

During the second world war he was a captain in the RAMC from 1941-1946, with service in East Africa and Madagascar.

James Steward’s paediatric career commenced at Booth Hall Hospital, Manchester, followed by appointments to the neonatal unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. During this period the clinical features of limb girdle muscular dystrophy developed and, although greatly handicapped in later life, the disability was borne with cheerfulness and fortitude. He was a founder member of the Manchester University Children’s Tumour Registry team which was started in 1953. This year was a particularly happy one as he married Katherine Cannon, who gave him great help and companionship during the remainder of his life. The success of the registry was assured by the enthusiasm which James Steward gave to the organisation and daily management. He also undertook experimental work in his chosen field with tissue culture of childhood tumours (for which he received his MD with commendation), together with studies on nerve-growth factors in neuroblastoma, and experimental work on angiogenesis in childhood neoplasia.

James Steward died in Manchester. There are two sons, one of whom is a doctor. Appreciation of the pioneer work on childhood malignancy is perpetuated by the J.K. Steward memorial lecture.

HB Marsden

[, 1975, 3, 374; Lancet, 1975, 2, 191]

(Volume VI, page 416)

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