LAWTON, Okla. – One of Cameron University's most notable professors and authors has passed away. Dr. George Stanley died Monday in Oklahoma City from a brain aneurysm.
Stanley taught a variety of courses with a specialty in languages during his 41 years at Cameron. He also wrote over 100 books, many geared toward children. He knew so many languages that his colleagues have lost count of how many he learned. But colleagues and family members say it was not what he learned that they will remember. It will be what other people learned from him.
Dr. Stanley was much more than just a professor. He was also a loving husband to his wife Gwen and father to his two boys Charles and James. They say he was full of energy that he transferred to everyone around him. Beyond the books, languages, and awards, his children say he was a great dad.
"He never missed a game, took us to every practice. He was always there for us he was our dad," said James Stanley.
His sons say having a dad who knew close to 30 languages was interesting to say the least. Even at the dinner table.
"The moment they didn't want us to know what it was they were talking about, German, all of the sudden German. James and I would be looking at each other going ‘Ugh, yeah, so I guess one of us is being put on restriction right now'," said Charles Stanley.
And beyond his family, Stanley also transferred his wealth of energy and information to his students and colleagues.
"He had gotten a note from a person finishing up an advanced degree who had written to him to say that she had been an absolutely miserable reader and felt defeated by it as a kid," said Liberal Arts Dean, Von Underwood.
But she had gotten started with Dr. Stanley's road to reading series and began to get excited about reading.
"That woman that had written that letter thanking him, when George read it, he said that meant more to him than any award he would ever get," said Underwood.
"My favorite of his accomplishments was being the most amazing father. There's never been a better one and there never will be. If I can be half the father he was that would be a great start," said James.
"I feel like the community, the U.S., the world, I feel like they really have lost an American icon. He set a great example as a father, husband, brother, all of the above. He's gonna be incredibly missed," said Charles.
Family members say Stanley worked right up until he died. He had been working on learning another language called ‘Poshtu' and was very excited about being able to teach it to others.
Cameron President Cindy Ross released this statement about Dr. Stanley's passing, saying, "It is often said that in a work environment no one is irreplaceable. However, Dr. Stanley is one of those extraordinary people who, indeed, is irreplaceable."
Dr. Stanley's funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lawton.