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Stewart was declared killed in action in 1978. He left behind a wife and three young children.
Fund Gives Wings to Student-Veterans GIFT HONORING VIETNAM-ERA AVIATOR TO SUPPORT VETS PILOTING AN F-105, Air Force Col. Robert Allan Stewart M.S. ’62 swooped in under the cover of night, evading intense enemy fire to destroy a North Vietnamese railroad target in May 1967. A member of an elite fighter wing known as Ryan’s Raiders, Stewart went missing during a similar mission just six days later. He was 36. Now an anonymous donor is counting on Stewart’s short but stellar life to inspire veterans studying at the University of Maryland. A $1 million planned gift will create a scholarship to honor the Silver Star recipient, who finished first in his class at West Point, completed a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Maryland, became a professor at the Air Force Academy and earned early military promotions. The Col. Robert A. Stewart USAF Veterans Scholarship is designed to help veterans make a difference, while aiding with their undergraduate or graduate tuition and other expenses. “Many of our veterans are adult learners,” says Marsha GuenzlerStevens, chair of the university’s Veterans Services Steering Committee. “They often have other expenses associated with families, and that can be child care or housing for multiple family members.” Though many of the university’s roughly 800 veterans are eligible for G.I. Bill benefits, Stevens says, those often run out before a student completes an advanced degree. The donor behind the Stewart scholarship brought the idea to Maryland after seeing a PBS special featuring veterans who are now university students and renowned military sociologist David Segal. Maryland is one of only 14 U.S. Department of Defensefunded Centers for Excellence for Veteran To learn more about veterans' Student Success recognized for supportprograms and scholaring service members, veterans and their ships, visit veterans.umd.edu. families.–KM
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BIG DATA isn’t a just a buzzword. Using, storing, managing and preserving massive amounts of data is one of the foremost challenges facing government, business and academic research. Professor Michael Kurtz (below), former assistant archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is helping the College of Information Studies train a new generation for this challenge. He’s bequeathing $500,000 to establish the college’s first professorship, to support a distinguished faculty member specializing in archives and records management. The position will be named in his honor. “It’s really important that with more and more information going digital, that we have professionals who are able to manage it all,” he says. During his 37-year career at NARA, Kurtz was known for his advocacy of the timely and transparent release of government information, which included digitizing millions of documents. He has taught at Maryland since 1990 and became a full-time visiting professor in 2011. Kurtz also serves as assistant director of the archives, records and information management specialization in the Master of Library Science program. The professorship is expected to enhance the college’s leadership role in archival education. Its graduates already hold prominent positions at NARA, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and the World Bank, as well as academic, public and private institutions nationwide.–LB
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