Born in September 1935, Ian M. Stewart was later diagnosed profoundly deaf and started his formal education on his seventh birthday at Cuckfield House Oral School for the Deaf in Cuckfield, Sussex. He learnt speech, lipreading and English under Mary Corbishley's tuition and successfully passed the Entrance Examination for Mary Hare Grammar School in 1946. After leaving school with six Oxford 'O' level passes, he qualified as a chartered surveyor and worked in London for nearly 40 years. He suffered enforced early retirement in 1992 due to the recession, and then trained to become a qualified teacher in Further and Adult Education where he has been teaching English to Deaf adult learners. He, also, was a leading Deaf mime-actor with the British Theatre of the Deaf in 1963-1974 and lectured on Deaf Sign Theatre as part of the Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies BA (Hons) Degree Course at Reading University in the early 1990s. He now lives by the sea and enjoys theatre, films, reading, travelling, swimming, walking, home cuisine and dining and wining with friends. He hopes to tour the beautiful green countryside of the British Isles before its future relentless and ruinous urbanisation. He has written this biography as he personally knew Mary Corbishley as a teacher and friend and felt it was a good thing that hearing and Deaf readers should be aware of the value of oral education for young deaf children as opposed to sign language based teaching, although he has no objections to sign language used by Deaf adults including himself only when conversing with them.