1933 - 2014
Dennis was born August 18th 1933 and raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell. After two years of study at Compton Junior College, he enlisted in the USAF as an aviation cadet. Trained in the T-6 Texan and B-25 Mitchell in flight school, Lt. Stewart was assigned to Military Air Transport Command as a C-124 Globemaster pilot flying cargo all over the Pacific.
After completing his Air force service, Dennis completed college earning a B.A. in History from San Francisco State University.
In 1960, he joined the FAA as an Air traffic controller in Los Angeles and in 1963 transferred to the Anchorage office and in 1964 transitioned into personnel management.
Dennis transferred from the FAA into the Department of the Navy in 1967, retiring from his Federal Service career in San Diego.
Dennis was a licensed commercial pilot with over 2,000 flight hours in his logbook.
At the age of 60, Dennis flew around the world with Robert Weiss in an A-36 Beechcraft Bonanza. His story is told in the book, Bonanza Around the World, published in 1998.