George S. “Dod” Stewart, Jr. of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015. Dod was an artist, musician, avid art collector, pottery collector and patron of the arts. Professionally, he was internationally known in the organ transplant community. Dod was Vice President of the AAPA from 1999 to 2001 and its President from 2001 to 2003.

Dod was afflicted with Huntington’s disease and his health had been declining for several years, but despite his physical challenges he desperately wanted to attend the Pottery Lovers annual gathering in Zanesville Ohio in early July. He brought his beloved pots, saw his friends, and delighted us all once again with his wonderful presence and delightful sense of honor. Less than a week after returning to his home in Slidell, Louisiana, Dod passed away peacefully. Attempting to sum up a life such as his is impossible and so, we let the tributes of his life long friends express their thoughts on hearing of his passing.

“…yet though we mourn and mourn, a good man never dies.”
– James Whitcomb Riley

“He will be missed. He was a classmate of mine and I am so happy that he came to our 50th class reunion, Slidell High School Class of 1965, this past May.

It was an honor to call him my friend. I was a thrilled in my early days of collecting Shearwater to help him set up all his super rare pots for the show in Florida. Such a generous person and a hoot too.

It’s been a very long time since seeing, Dod, but we all were next door neighbors growing up for many years, hopped the fence many times, so sad and I know he will be missed by all of his friends.

He was a great mentor and friend to me. So sad to hear this. Will miss being in the passenger seat while letting him drive. It was an experience.

Very sad here. He was a good friend and we had many laughs together…and I will always remember being in a car he was driving!! He will be missed by me and many in HLA/ASHI. RIP my friend.

Dod was a wonderful man, kind, intelligent, funny, and caring. Memories eternal.

Dod saw the beauty in so many things. He will be missed but always in my memories.

What a wonderful man on so many levels. Rest in peace.

This is awful. Dod added so much to all of his pottery friends. His passing is so sad, and he will be missed.

Dod was always a highlight whenever and wherever our paths crossed.

I have known him for more than 35 years. He was a great human being. He will be greatly missed by many.

Everybody loved Dod and Dod loved everybody. Can’t say that about many people.

Dod was truly a gentleman, and so kind. He loved New Orleans and was a kind and generous host whenever I visited. This is the passing of a lovely person.

There will never be another Dod.

So glad we got to spend time with him in Zanesville. My Shearwater pieces will always remind me of him.

I am so sorry to learn about Dod’s passing. What a great human being and such a kind and loving spirit. His generosity of time and talent was surpassed by no one. A true gentleman, we had a wonderful visit with him in Slidell back in 2010. Dod was as gracious and big hearted as a person can be. I will miss him.

What sad and unwelcome news. Dod was a dear and generous friend, with one of the best most mischievous, and most under his breath senses of humor that I have ever encountered. He was universally beloved and respected; a welcome presence in all places and at all times. He has left a wonderful and permanent mark on my life.