In Remembrance of Marvin and Bonnie Stone

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The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and our extended Oklahoma State University family were deeply saddened this week to hear the tragic news about Marvin and Bonnie Stone, who passed away on Oct. 24, 2015, after being struck by an automobile following the OSU Homecoming Parade. Marvin and Bonnie were a largely inseparable couple whose lively minds, humble ways and genuine interest in the well-being of others touched and improved the lives of so many people.

A Regents professor emeritus, Marvin was an OSU faculty member for 24 years, serving with distinction in the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from 1982 to 2006. Marvin is known worldwide in his career field, with generations of OSU students benefitting from his knowledge and experience gained through years of unique biomechanical engineering service to the U.S. and international heavy equipment industry.

Bonnie was serving as coordinator of Student Information Systems operations and training for OSU Institutional Research and Information Management at the time of her passing, a position she assumed in 1998. Known as a “people person,” Bonnie was a friendly face, a patient mentor and a knowledgeable expert assisting deans, directors, department heads, academic advisers and support staff, students and others.

In the halls of Congress, Oklahoma Representative Frank Lucas on Oct. 28 made some brief remarks in honor of Marvin and Bonnie, and then led a moment of silence for the entire OSU community at the start of the House Agriculture Committee hearing. At the University of Texas, the university bell system played the OSU Alma Mater song this week, while the University of Oklahoma Choirs sang the OSU Alma Mater this weekend. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude as we deal with our loss and reflect upon how we are the better for having known Marvin and Bonnie.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Oct. 28, we are holding a candlelight vigil in memory Marvin and Bonnie, to take place at the OSU International Mall, south of the Noble Research Center on the university’s Stillwater campus. We ask those who cannot attend to be with us in spirit, pausing a moment – and in the days ahead – to reflect on Marvin and Bonnie’s lives and the way they had a positive and meaningful effect on so many. Their example is a testament for which we should all strive.

Thomas G. Coon
Vice President, Dean and Director
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University

A time to weep, a time to mourn, a time to embrace

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By now you may have seen the names of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy. I am very saddened to share that one of our retired DASNR colleagues, Dr. Marvin Stone, and his wife, Bonnie, were among those fatally injured in the homecoming parade accident. We also know others from our extended DASNR family have been directly or indirectly affected. You may wish to read the official university news here: http://news.okstate.edu , http://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-mourns-loss-members-university-community and http://go.okstate.edu/parade-memorial

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. Support resources are available through OSU’s Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych, which will have counselors on site for employees and students starting Monday, October 26, on the third floor of the OSU Student Union, in Career Services. In addition, therapy dogs from Pete’s Pet Posse will be on hand. Employees can also contact ComPsych at any time by calling 855-850-2397.  


Rhonda and I will continue to pray for those killed or injured in the accident, and for healing for the OSU community, as we seek to understand what seems incomprehensible and senseless. 
 
Take a moment to hug or reach out to those you love. We never know the day or the hour, but we know the company of loved ones helps us to carry on.
 
Tom