Professor Stacy Cole was hired to teach history at Ohlone in September 1969. This was at the beginning of the second year of classes making him one of the Pioneer Faculty at the college. He helped build the curriculum and programs at the temporary Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont and was involved in preparing the college to move to the permanent campus on Mission Boulevard in 1974. During his tenure he rose to the rank of Professor. He retired in May 2001, after 32 years of service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Stacy made excellence the hallmark of his distinguished career. He was an exceptional orator, an ability he brought to the classroom. He was a master teacher, delivering passionate and well-researched lectures. Stacy lived to teach and his many students reaped the benefit of his knowledge and enthusiasm for history. He had academic interests beyond history and was able to weave many other social science disciplines into his courses.
Stacy demonstrated scholarship and professionalism in his numerous assignments in the History and Political Science Department. He served for many years as the elected Chair of his department and distinguished himself as Faculty Senate President. He was a valuable member and chair of a myriad of campus committees. His dedication to a comprehensive curriculum at the college led to his ten-year membership on the Curriculum Committee.
Stacy’s encyclopedic knowledge, philosophical insights and exciting and motivating rhetoric were well-known beyond the college. He was a sought-after speaker for many community organizations. He was known by his peers as the most well-read academician at the college and he was always ready to share his findings with his colleagues. Stacy was always available to his students to counsel and guide them in their academic careers and their lives.
At his retirement party Stacy gave a compelling speech on the value of books. The speech was a summary of sorts of his ongoing ardent and eloquent advocacy of reading as a central academic pursuit. He modeled this pursuit in his own life and constantly instilled it as a value in his students and the college.