CTU remembers Felicia Stewart, MD

Felicia Hance Stewart, MD, co-author of Contraceptive Technology and member of the Contraceptive Technology Update Editorial Board, died April 12 of lung cancer at her home in San Carlos, CA.

At the time of her death, Stewart was an adjunct professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gyneco-logy and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and co-director of the Center for Reproductive Health Research & Policy. She was the former director of the reproductive health program at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, CA, where she was responsible for grant making in the field of reproductive health and in supporting the foundation's work with media and public education. She also served as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped formulate and implement domestic and international policies on family planning and population issues. Prior to her federal appointment, Stewart was in gynecological practice as a member of the Sutter Medical Group, a large multispecialty medical group in Sacramento, CA. Throughout her career, she was a tireless advocate for reproductive rights issues, including emergency contraception and abortion.

"Felicia will be remembered for so many things: her wit and wisdom, her remarkable sense of humor, her political savvy, her relentless quest for the truth, and her unwillingness to be overly influenced by the contraceptive fad of the day," says Robert Hatcher, MD, MPH, professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and head of the CTUEditorial Board.

A May 20 memorial in San Francisco was planned. Details will be posted on the Washington, DC-based Association of Reproductive Health Professionals' (ARHP) web site at www.arhp.org; click on "Remembering Dr. Stewart." Tributes also may be posted on-line at the ARHP web site.