In Remembrance of Marvin and Bonnie Stone
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