David Stacy, you will be missed

David Stacy

David Stacy could often be seen on the Bellevue College campus with a smile and occasionally a guitar. He was an unfailingly kind professor who was loved at BC since 1987. Stacy passed away on Dec. 14, 2011, but he will always be remembered with a smile.

Stacy passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but of natural causes. For legal reasons, no other information on his death was available.

At Bellevue College, Stacy taught Math 120, Math 130, Statistics, and was the head of the math department. He also loved music, especially the guitar, and enjoyed walking outdoors. He was an excellent teacher, and many students called him the “best professor I’ve ever had!”

The door on his office is covered with memories from students and friends, postings and gratitude. “David,” one posting, signed by Jennifer, begins, “I am sure you are playing music and walking in nature…Words cannot describe the extent to which you will be missed. Thanks for all you have done, for all you have touched.”

Henry A. Amaya, a colleague of Stacy’s, posted a letter on Stacy’s wall. “My friend, I will miss you and wherever you are, I am sure you are counting the clusters of stars while playing your guitar in eternal harmony.”

Wendy, a student of Stacy’s, wrote: “You are one of the kindest, fairest and nicest human beings I had the privilege to meet. You have made an undeniable impact on my life.”

Friends shared specific memories of him as well. Kate Bradley submitted this story:

“David was such a good, loyal friend. I can’t believe he is gone. I was on the Tenure Review Committee when he turned in his third year document. For his self-evaluation he wrote a one-page poem. I loved it. He was studying the history of mathematics at the time, and I remember a presentation he gave on archaeological digs and the conjectures of the origins of counting. I think his other interests eventually overshadowed that scholarly endeavor, but I’d like to see that remembered of him.”

Anyone who met David Stacy agreed that he was honest and fair, with a sense of humor, a love of nature, and a passion for students and teaching. Bellevue College benefited so much from having him here, and he will be missed by everyone.