The Stewarts remained in town and, when Ellen fought for custody of Danny, they fought to retain custody.Though the court allowed Danny to remain with the Stewarts, Betty decided that she couldn't stay in the same town and left with the boys while David continued to work in Oakdale.

When his memory was finally restored, David and Ellen had a rough time putting their marriage back together since he was uncertain about which woman he loved.

In the end though, his love for Ellen prevailed and the two remarried in a beautiful ceremony.

Soon after, Ellen would give birth to two daughters, Carol Ann (Annie) and Dawn (Dee).

For the next two decades the Stewarts' marriage would remain on solid ground.

In 1989, David returned and asked Ellen to join him in Africa.

Although she had missed him terribly, Ellen refused to go, stating that Oakdale was her home.

Betsy Stewart (granddaughter) Stewart Cushing (grandson) Emily Stewart (granddaughter) Maria Ward (granddaughter) Lowell Ward (grandson) Gregory Ward (grandson) Nancy Ward (granddaughter) Danielle Andropoulos (great-granddaughter) Alison Stewart (great-granddaughter) Hunter Mc Dermott (great-grandson) Daniel Stewart Hughes (great-grandson) Jennifer Ryan (great-granddaughter; deceased) Nearly started a fire at Memorial Hospital when he fell asleep with a lit cigarette in his mouth, while he was under the influence of Benzedrine pills [1963] Assaulted John Dixon, at John's Memorial hospital office [Jul 1980] Stole John Dixon's gun and hid it in his home [Mar 1981] Threatened to kill John Dixon [November 1981] David Stewart relocated to Oakdale from New York with his wife, Betty and sons after landing a job as Head of Research at Memorial Hospital.

A bright and personable man, David quickly made friends with the folks of Oakdale, among those was Ellen Cole, the stepdaughter of Memorial's Chief of Staff.

David and Ellen's marriage remained stable after that and he spent the next several years helping his granddaughters sort out their love lives.

In 1985, David left Oakdale to conduct AIDS research in Zaire.

Gone for months, David was found by none other than John Dixon!