Dr. James E. Swart, 35, a Fairfax veterinarian who owned and operated the Germantown Animal Hospital in Fairfax, was pronounced dead at the scene after an car accident Friday on Shirley Gate Road in Fairfax.
A Fairfax police spokesman said a northbound truck, driven by a 25-year-old Herndon man, crossed the center line of Shirley Gate Road colliding with the oncoming car driven by Dr. Swart. Police said the driver of the truck was treated at Commonwealth Doctors Hospital and released.
Dr. Swart was a native of Fairfax and a graduate of Fairfax High School. He was a 1971 graduate of the University of Georgia college of veterinary medicine. He worked for several vets in Fairfax before opening his hospital in 1980.
He was a former committee chairman for the 4-H program in Fairfax County and a member of the Fairfax Rotary Club. He bred registered Polled Hereford cattle and standard bred horses on his farm in Fairfax.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, and two sons, Jason and Jon, all of Fairfax; his father, John F. Swart Jr., of Oakton, Va.; a sister, Lucile Beauchamp of Manassas, and a brother, John F. III, of Athens, Ga.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Dr. James E. Swart Memorial Fund at Fairfax United Methodist Church in Fairfax or to the Fairfax 4-H Memorial Fund.