Former FCC official Roy Stewart passed away on Monday, April 10 at age 78. Stewart joined the FCC in 1965, became head of the Mass Media Bureau in 1989, then moved to the license policy office before retiring in 2009.
Stewart appeared at many MAB summer conferences over the years.
In an piece appearing online via Broadcasting and Cable, former FCC chairman Dick Wiley called Stewart “the finest regulatory official I ever worked with,” both inside and outside the FCC. Wiley became partner in mega-communications firm Wiley Rein after leaving the commission, so dealt with Stewart in that capacity as well.
Wiley called Stewart “tremendously knowledgeable and very responsive.” Wiley said when, as chairman, he faced a “huge backlog” of petitions to deny, he promoted Stewart to what was then the Transfer Branch to try and clean them up. “And he did it,” said Wiley. “He was highly regarded by everyone who dealt with him and was a terrific government official and public servant.”
His obituary can be found here. Services were held April 17.