In Memory of Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC (Ret)
May 11, 1958 – April 28, 2023
The Marine Corps University Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, LtGen Vince Stewart at his home on 28 April 2023. Vince was the first African American, first Jamaican American and first Marine to serve as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama, and when he retired from the Marine Corps, he did so after nearly four decades of service.
Vince was a great Marine, a true patriot, and a dear friend to many, especially those of us at MCU Foundation. He was a loyal Trustee of MCUF since October of 2019 working to support the Foundation as a great source of knowledge, giving wise counsel, and passing advice when he knew it was needed.
As mentioned in the Washington Post, “Gen. Stewart recalled that when he joined the Marines in 1981, he hoped to be “part of something bigger” after working as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman and studying history at Western Illinois University. He figured he would serve in the military for just a few years, but instead remained in the Marine Corps for nearly four decades, rising from a position as a tank-unit platoon leader to become the nation’s highest-ranking military intelligence officer….
Gen. Stewart, in his 2020 opinion piece, said that he “will always believe in the promise of America, because if the dream is not possible here, it’s not possible anywhere.”” To read the full Washington Post article, click this link.
We send our deepest condolences to his entire family. LtGen Stewart will be missed. Semper Fi.
His Obituary and Schedule of Services can be found here.