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Sidney A. Ewing, 83, died January 3, 2018 in Stillwater. A memorial will be held at Bennett Chapel on the OSU campus at 3 PM on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

An Oklahoman by choice, he was born on December 1, 1934, in Emory University, Georgia, to Grace and Aubrey Ewing. He graduated from Newton County High School and completed his DVM and BSA at the University of Georgia. He journeyed north to the University of Wisconsin for his MS, and came to Stillwater in 1960 to complete a PhD in veterinary parasitology with Wendell Krull.

In the summer of 1961 he met Margaret Steffens at the University of Michigan Biological Field Station, and they married in 1963. They have three daughters, Holly, Ann, and Leah, born in three different states.

Sidney, a veterinary parasitologist, taught and pursued research and administration at Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Mississippi State Universities, as well as the University of Minnesota. His work at Oklahoma State spanned more than five decades, and he continued to teach veterinary history at OSU even after retirement. He investigated tick-borne diseases, round worms, and countless other parasites, publishing numerous scientific papers.

Although a parasitologist by profession, he was passionate about plants in the wild and in gardens. He enjoyed looking at all manner of things outside, frequently noticing tiny flowers in unexpected places, celestial phenomena, singing birds, and the works of ants, beetles, and other spineless animals.

He was a kind and gentle person, a deeply committed mentor, and a faithful friend. He is survived by many friends, colleagues, and former students as well as his wife of 54 years, Margaret S. Ewing of Stillwater, and daughters, Holly A. Ewing of Greene, ME, Ann K. Ewing (Ryan Schwindt) of Silver Spring, MD, and Leah G. Ewing (Geoffrey Tattersfield), as well as one grandchild, Luke C. Schwindt of Silver Spring. He was pre-deceased by his parents Grace and Aubrey Ewing, his aunts Julia C. Ewing, Ruth E. Hayes, and survived by his siblings, Charles E. Ewing, Marion E. Barnes, and T. Mort Ewing, all of Newton County, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the veterinary medicine programs at Oklahoma State University or the University of Georgia or to the Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University.
Published on January 4, 2018
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