Joseph D. ‘Joe’ Stewart, 77

Joseph D. “Joe” Stewart, 77, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Great Neck, N.Y., and Severna Park, Md., passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, after a five-year fight with melanoma.

A retired major-general, Stewart was born in Baltimore, Md., and raised in Severna Park, son of the late David Stewart and Hilda (Schmidt) Stewart.

Stewart graduated in 1960 from Severn School and in 1964 from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played lacrosse on multiple national-championship teams. While serving as a Marine, he obtained his master’s degree in operational research from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in management from Salve Regina College and the Naval War College in Rhode Island.

During his 34-year Marine Corps career, with service in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, he held a variety of command and staff positions. As a major-general, he served as commander of the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia. He also served as deputy chief of staff for installations and logistics at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Stewart retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of major-general in 1998 and soon assumed the duties as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy superintendent. He was affectionately known by the academy midshipmen as “Joey D.” He retired from the U.S. Maritime Service with the rank of vice-admiral on Sept. 30, 2008.

Stewart is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen (Fitzpatrick) Stewart; two sons, David Stewart of Jamaica, N.Y., and Kevin Stewart and his wife, Anissa, of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; three grandchildren, Savannah Larkins, Sydney and Owen Stewart; and two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Kaylee Larkins.

A memorial service was to be held May 9, 2019, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. Interment was to follow at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project ( Condolences may be sent online at