Obituary: David John Steward


David John Steward

February 2, 1934 – August 31, 2023

David passed away on August 31, 2023 at Hospice House in Bellingham. He was born in Luton, England on February 2, 1934. 

He attended a comprehensive school there and went on to study medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England. After graduation, he was obliged to do two years military service which he did as a doctor in the Royal Canadian Air Force near Winnipeg, Manitoba. He did a fellowship in anesthesia in Toronto and went on to a distinguished career in pediatric anesthesia. He was the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and finally Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. He published many textbooks and gave many lectures all over the world. He was especially interested in developing pediatrics in China from 1985-2011.

His interests included sailing, traveling and camping. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou; daughter Jennifer Norgaard (Torben); grandchildren Natalie and Christian Norgaard; son Nigel Steward; and his brother Alan (Kristina).

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Whatcom Hospice for their loving care of him. Any donations in his name would be much appreciated by Whatcom Hospice ( so that they can continue their caring work.