August 6, 2018

Longmont philanthropist Lila Jean Stewart dies at 85

LONGMONT — Philanthropist and longtime radio personality Lila Jean Stewart died Wednesday at the age of 85.

The Longmont Times-Call reports that Stewart died after a battle with dementia. She and her husband, Bill, moved to Longmont in 1959 and acquired the KLMO radio station. The Stewarts were benefactors of the Longmont Museum, contributing millions of dollars to the organization, including $2.3 million in funding for the Stewart Auditorium.

Lila Jean and Bill Stewart were inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2014.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Aug. 11 at the Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Ave., in Longmont.

LONGMONT — Philanthropist and longtime radio personality Lila Jean Stewart died Wednesday at the age of 85.

The Longmont Times-Call reports that Stewart died after a battle with dementia. She and her husband, Bill, moved to Longmont in 1959 and acquired the KLMO radio station. The Stewarts were benefactors of the Longmont Museum, contributing millions of dollars to the organization, including $2.3 million in funding for the Stewart Auditorium.

Lila Jean and Bill Stewart were inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2014.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Aug. 11 at…

Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood is editor and publisher of BizWest, a regional business journal covering Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties. Wood co-founded the Northern Colorado Business Report in 1995 and served as publisher of the Boulder County Business Report until the two publications were merged to form BizWest in 2014. From 1990 to 1995, Wood served as reporter and managing editor of the Denver Business Journal. He is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. He has won numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.
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