W. A. Campbell Stewart
Stewart was born in Glasgow but brought up in London where he attended Colfe's Grammar School (1927–34) and University College, London (1934–8) where he obtained a BA degree in English. He obtained a PhD in 1947 from the University of London on which he later based a book, The Quakers and Education.
He was housemaster at the Friends School, Saffron Walden from 1938-43 and then moved to Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire from 1943-44. He lectured in education at University College, Nottingham (now Nottingham University) and at the University of Wales in Cardiff from 1944-50. In 1950 Lord Lindsay, the founder of the newly opened University College of North Staffordshire, (now Keele University), appointed him the Chair of Education in 1950. At Keele he built up the department and later the Institute of Education. He became Acting Principal at Keele after the death of Sir George Barnes in 1960. In fact Keele's first three principals had all died in office.
In 1947 he married Elizabeth (Ella) Burnett, a practising Quaker, and had one son and one daughter. In 1954 he contracted polio, which left him with a permanently paralysed left arm. He died following a car accident on a return visit to Keele. His funeral was held in the university chapel.
- The Quakers and Education 1953; Facsimile edition 1971 ISBN 978 0804611213
- The Educational Innovators, two volumes, 1967–68; Publisher: Macmillan
- Higher Education in Post-War Britain 1989
- Paffard, Michael (13 May 1997). "Obituary: Professor Campbell Stewart". The Independent. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Halsey, A H Stewart, (William Alexander) Campbell (1915–1997), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 26 April 2012
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