Stewart Rawlings Mott

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Stewart Rawlings Mott (December 4, 1937 – June 12, 2008), born in Flint, Michigan, was a philanthropist who founded the Stewart R. Mott Foundation. He was the son of Charles Stewart Mott, and appeared on Nixon's Enemies List for his support of liberal causes.

Mott attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for three years and finished his education at Columbia University School of General Studies, earning two Bachelor's degrees, one in business administration and one in comparative literature. He wrote a thesis on Sophocles for a Master's Degree from Columbia, which he never finished. His philanthropy included abortion reform, birth control, sex research, feminism, arms control, gay rights, civil liberties, governmental reform, and research on extrasensory perception. He gave his occupation as "maverick" in the 1978 photo essay Cat People.

Shortly prior to his death Stewart Mott resided in Bermuda for most of his time, and also traveled to his numerous houses in the United States. His houses included a house trailer on a Florida farm, and a Chinese junk moored on the Hudson River in New York City.[1]


  1. ^ Cat People, Bill Hayward, introduction by Rogers E. M. Whitaker. New York: Dolphin/Doubleday, 1978 (p. 88)

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