OBIT: Purdue Calumet professor emeritus Clement S. Stacy, III

Professor Emeritus Clement S. Stacy III, age 76, of Hammond, IN, passed away November 1, 2011 after a long illness. Stacy taught at Purdue University Calumet for 40 years. He taught his last class during the 2011 spring semester.

Professor Stacy was the founder and Director of the Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference which brought students to Purdue Calumet from universities within the seven state Midwest region. A specialist in American Literature, Prof. Stacy taught courses in Intellectual American thought, American humor, and the novels of World War II along with surveys of American literature from the 1600’s to the present. Believing that “The faculty is the University,” Stacy served on University committees throughout his tenure. He was recognized in 2001 by the University Faculty Senate as a “principal architect of the faculty governance of the University,” having “safeguarded faculty rights and responsibilities.”

In the early seventies, he worked with Scott Foresman Publishers in producing a publication of student writing, typog, which published fiction and poetry by high school students from throughout the United States three times a year. He was the first to recognize the illustrations of Paul Zelinski ,a native of Evanston, Illinois, who went on to become a Caldecott winning illustrator, by publishing Zelinski’s drawings in typog


Clement S. Stacy, III

Stacy published two books, Write: Finding things to say and saying them, published by Scott, Foresman and Company  and Write and Re-write: The Craft of College Composition, published by Harper and Row which he co-authored with Allan Gross. He also served as a consultant for two composition textbooks, Thought and Phrase and Concept and Statement, published by Scott, Foresman and Company.


Stacy attended Northwestern University, Carroll University and did doctoral work at University of Chicago.

Stacy is survived by his wife, Carolyn Boiarsky, a Professor at Purdue University Calumet, two children, David Stacy, owner of the Circle S Winery in Sugarland, Texas, and Jason Stacy, an assistant professor of history at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois. He has two grandchildren by Jason, Abigail and Margaret.

A Celebration of Life in the way Stacy most enjoyed life—refreshments, stories and poetry–will be held at the PUC Hotel Management and Tourism Building on Thursday, November 10 from 4-6 pm.