In Remembrance of Jim Stewart
Mr. James. H. Stewart, IV 1944-2020
The Malvern Prep Community joins the Stewart family in mourning the sudden passing of Mr. James Stewart, former President and Head of School of Malvern Prep.
In his 48 years of service to the School, Mr. Stewart demonstrated a tremendous level of dedication to the students and families of Malvern Prep. He pushed Malvern to focus unquestionably on academic rigor, while offering a balance of spirituality, service, fine arts, athletics, and extracurricular programs. Mr. Stewart also ensured that Malvern has remained committed to its Augustinian heritage and its values of Truth, Unity, and Love.
Mr. Stewart earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish from LaSalle University in 1965, a master of arts in Spanish from Middlebury College in 1968, a master of arts in educational administration from Villanova University in 1980 and a Pennsylvania Principal Certification. He is a 1961 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School.
As an educator and as an administrator, Mr. Stewart believed building a strong parent-teacher-student relationship is critical in the education of Malvern Prep students. He developed the idea of the “Triangle of Success” to illustrate this philosophy, noting that Malvern’s success and the success of the students would not be possible without well-developed lines of communication between parents, teachers, and students.
In addition to teaching Spanish at Malvern, Mr. Stewart held the positions of Dean of Students, Dean of Studies, Assistant Athletic Director and Athletic Director. Between 1975 and 1990, he served as Assistant Headmaster. In 1990, the Board of Trustees appointed him Headmaster (a title that changed to Head of School in 1997). Mr. Stewart retired as President in June 2012. However, he continued teaching Spanish at Malvern Prep until 2018.
On May 30, 2006, Malvern Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees, with the full support of the Augustinian Order’s Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, announced that James H. Stewart, then Head of School, had accepted its nomination to be President of the School. Mr. Stewart officially assumed the office on July 1, 2006. Mr. Stewart, who had been a Spanish teacher at Malvern since 1970, the Assistant Headmaster since 1975, and the Head of School since 1990, succeeded the late President Rev. David J. Duffy, O.S.A.
As President, Mr. Stewart oversaw the Business Office, the Admissions Office, the Development office, the Diversity Office, as well as the Head of School, acting, in essence, as the chief executive officer for Malvern Prep, and taking on duties previously assigned to the chairman of the board.
Mr. Stewart also dedicated his life to helping young men outside of Malvern. Beginning in 1963 he served as the C.Y.O. Football Coach at St. Dorothy’s Grade School in Drexel Hill, PA, for 50 years, and in 2003, he was elected to the C.Y.O. Hall of Fame, as well as the Monsignor Bonner Hall of Fame.
For their faithfulness and loyalty to the Augustinians, Mr. Stewart, and his wife, Mary, who passed away in 2004, were affiliated to the Order of St. Augustine on May 3, 2004, at a special ceremony. Affiliation is the highest honor the Order can bestow upon a person outside of the Order, in recognition for outstanding commitment to and support of the mission and ministry of the Order.
Jim, the Malvern Community is indebted to you for your years of services, dedication, and friendship. You will be missed.