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Written by: Hannah Litz
Date: July 1, 2020

Stewart Malquist graduating with his wings in June 1944.

Stewart Malquist graduating with his wings in June 1944.

We would like to honor Stewart R. Malquist, whose generous gift has allowed us to partner with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in order to create a story catalog and curriculum for students in grades 5-8. The Malquist Oral History Project allows students to explore oral histories shared by Veterans at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) to create a poetic narrative published into an eBook.

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Stewart R. Malquist was born November 7, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Calumet High School in 1940 and went on to earn his wings in June 1944 from Brooks Field in Texas. Stewart then attended the Multi-Engine School at Greenville Army Air Base in South Carolina, graduating in November 1944 as a B-25J Pilot.

Soon after, Stewart joined the U.S. Army Air Force as a First Lieutenant and B-25 Pilot in the South Pacific Theatre. As a First Lieutenant and B-25 Pilot during World War II, Stewart was assigned to low level missions. During his time in the Air Force, Stewart completed a total of 22 staffing missions and received the Air Medal with Clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

After returning home in 1945, Stewart married his sweetheart Bernice and the couple moved to Upper Arlington. Stewart later attended Purdue University where he was an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. In 1950, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and pursued a career with Adams-Barre Co. in Columbus as a Sales Engineer. Stewart engineered and sold rotary gear, centrifugal and air-compressor pumps directly to the industry at Adams-Barre Co. until 1982.

Outside of the Air Force, Stewart was a collector of high-end pocket watches and gold coins. He was also a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors from the 1970s through 2006. He was an individual of philanthropy, giving to the Salvation Army, Faith Mission, Riverside/Grant Hospitals (Ohio Foundation) and Friendship Village of Dublin throughout his life.

Stewart Malquist died at the age of 83 March 27, 2006 at Friendship Village of Dublin Healthcare Center. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1995. Stewart’s legacy lives on through the Stewart and Bernice Malquist Fund at the Columbus Foundation, which is advised by Stewart’s longtime friend and trustee, Jack Conner. Jack’s goal for the fund is to support causes that Stewart and Bernice would have believed in and been happy to support, including the Salvation Army, Faith Mission, Riverside Hospital, Friendship Village of Dublin and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Central Ohio.

Top, center: Hand-drawn depiction of a B-25 Bomber. Top, left and right: Photos of Stewart during flight training. Middle, left: Stewart’s wings, identification bracelet, Pilot Log and a photo of his Ford Mustang. Bottom, left: Stewart and Bernice attending the 1992 AmeriFlora event in Columbus. Bottom, center: Stewart attending his group’s Memorial Dedication at Wright Patterson Air Force Base September 7, 1984. Bottom, right: Stewart and Bernice attending a reunion in Washington, D.C. in 1983.

Descriptions of the above images:

Top, center: Hand-drawn depiction of a B-25 Bomber.

Top, left and right: Photos of Stewart during flight training.

Middle, left: Stewart’s wings, identification bracelet, Pilot Log, and a photo of his Ford Mustang.

Bottom, left: Stewart and Bernice attending the 1992 AmeriFlora event in Columbus.

Bottom, center: Stewart attending his group’s Memorial Dedication at Wright Patterson Air Force Base September 7, 1984.

Bottom, right: Stewart and Bernice attending a reunion in Washington, D.C. in 1983.


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