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In Memory of Stan Stancyk

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences Research Specialist Stan Stancyk passed away December 29, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial was held January 3, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN. Stancyk worked in the Department of Plant Sciences in the durum wheat breeding program for 27 years.
In Memory of Stan Stancyk

Stan Stancyk

January 11, 2018

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences Research Specialist Stan Stancyk passed away December 29, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial was held January 3, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN.

Stancyk worked in the Department of Plant Sciences in the durum wheat breeding program for 27 years. According to the director of the durum wheat breeding project, Dr. Elias Elias, Stan was a great asset to the project and the Department of Plant Sciences. Elias says, “Without a doubt Stan played a crucial role in the development of improved durum wheat varieties for North Dakota.”

Stancyk graduated from NDSU with a B.S. in agronomy and horticulture. He enjoyed gardening and spent considerable time coordinating the community gardens in Fargo; he also enjoyed sharing produce with friends, family and the poor. He received two Agriculture and Extension Faculty/Staff Awards - the Technical Staff Award for Excellence in 2004 and the Rick and Jody Burgum Staff Award in 2011. The NDSU Quarter Century Club also honored Stan for 25 years of service.

The full obituary can be found at http://www.johnsonfuneralservice.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2054039.

Elias and durum project Research Specialist Sally Mann shared their memories and reflections of Stancyk here.

Elias Elias:

I have known Stan for 28 years, since he joined the durum breeding and genetics project in 1990. I realize just how very lucky I was to have such a wonderful person working with me on the project. I always appreciated his working skills and attitude. There was never a problem he could not solve.  

Stan had many strengths. He took pride in overseeing each project from conception to completion with dedication and great satisfaction in his work. Stan had a passion for helping people in the Fargo community, students and visiting scientists in the department.

Even though Stan did not have a Ph.D. in breeding and genetics, I found myself discussing breeding methods and strategies many times with him and always regarded his ideas, advice and expertise with the highest regard. Not only did he play a significant role in the durum breeding program but in my life as well, and that is unmeasurable.

To sum it up, Stan had a pleasant personality, was very easy to work with, passionate and knowledgeable about his work, intelligent, helpful, kind, and a great advocate for the durum wheat breeding program. I consider myself very fortunate for having him working with us on the durum project. Unfortunately, he was taken from us too early.  Many people/colleagues come and go, but when a special person/colleague like Stan comes in your path, you just know it. 

Stan was not only a colleague but also a good friend and I will miss him dearly.

Sally Mann:

Stan Stancyk was a man of few words and many talents.

He had an amazing love for plants and people. This reflected in everything he did, in every greenhouse and every plot in the field. He would not stop working until everything was right, and he always did the very best he could.

When Stan was quiet, it did not mean he was not sure of something or he did not know, it just meant he was thinking of the next idea or the next plan. He never quit thinking of great ideas. If anyone needed help or had a question, he was always willing to lend a helping hand, or give well-thought advice.

His many talents made him a person whom everyone would seek when in need.

He was a researcher, teacher, colleague, and friend. The impact he had on NDSU and the durum wheat breeding program will always be remembered and we will all dearly miss him.

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