John Steward has been an environmentalist for his entire life and a private pilot for the past 40 years. After earning his private pilot certificate in Arizona, John owned a Cessna 172 and flew throughout the western U.S. for approximately five years. He and his wife Pat moved to Atlanta in 1986 and have lived there for 35 years. He earned his instrument rating in 1987 and has flown a variety of single-engine aircraft including Piper, Cessna, Mooney, and Grumman-American. Recently, John became the owner of a beautiful 1999 Piper Saratoga, aka The Green Queen, based at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) in the Atlanta area.
John’s professional background includes advanced degrees in environmental health and public health. He worked in those fields for 45 years. John recently retired from Georgia State University’s faculty. His prior employment included appointments with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian Health Service.
John is a member of several organizations, including the AOPA, National Environmental Health Association, the American Public Health Association, the Sierra Club, Georgia Trails Alliance, and Climate Reality. He enjoys many outside activities, including hiking, biking, snow skiing, traveling to national parks, and enjoying nature.