Lt. Col. Aubrey “Bruce” Stacy first visited the Henderson campus as a 10-year-old boy.
“My mother parked me on a bench to watch the birds and squirrels while she attended a Saturday class in College Hall,” he recalls. “I thought it had to be the most beautiful campus anywhere in the world.”
His mother, Beulah Stacy (‘58, ‘66), was a two-time graduate of Henderson, and Stacy would end up following her path after he graduated from Malvern High School.
Stacy has had a successful career in various ways since his time as a sociology student and ROTC cadet at Henderson. He stays very involved in his community as Rotary president of Colleyville, Texas, and was just inducted this month into Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Stacy is a Distinguished Alumnus of Henderson and stays very involved with his alma mater.
When did you graduate, and what was your major?
1966 BA in sociology
Why did you choose Henderson?
My mother was an alumna.
Who were your favorite professors?
Mr. Baxter (speech), Dr. Lynch (sociology), Major Jim Callahan (ROTC)
What is your current occupation?
U.S. Army retired, finance retired, expert witness available
What organizations are you involved in?
Current president of the Colleyville, Texas, Rotary
Led Wheelchairs to Cuba project for Rotary
Board of Directors, Fort Worth Air Power Council
Dallas World Affairs Council member
Fort Worth Club wine committee member
Fort Worth Men’s Breakfast Club member
Teaches Sunday school classes (occasionally) at Grapevine First Methodist Church
How did Henderson prepare you for your career?
A liberal arts education par excellence.
What is your favorite memory of Henderson?
Returning to teach Army ROTC as a captain
When was the last time you were on Henderson’s campus?
Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet
What other job do you think you would be really good at?
European tour guide
How do you relax after a hard day?
Take off my shoes and reflect
Who do you admire the most, and why?
My wife for putting up with me for 54 years
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
View the birth of their child
What’s the hardest lesson you learned?
Overcoming my fear of heights and making 78 parachute jumps
What are three interesting facts about you?
I never lost a soldier killed under my command in combat; I overcame my fear of public speaking as a senior at HSU; and I collect rare historic documents.
If your life was a book, what would its title be?
“Courage Under Fire” (moral and physical)
If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be?
The Golden Rule