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Michael Stinson

In memoriam: Michael Stinson

Computer science prof taught at CMU for 30 years, mentor for IT student organization

Contact: Gary H. Piatek

Michael Stinson, 70, who taught in the Department of Computer Science at Central Michigan University for 30 years, died at his home in Mount Pleasant on Monday, Oct. 15.

The well-liked professor among faculty and students is an alum of CMU, having received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1971. He later received his Master of Science in probability/statistics and Master of Arts in mathematics from Michigan State University and earned his doctoral degree in computer science in 1988 from Louisiana State University.

He was an active faculty member, having served on the Pascal Standards programming language committee and as faculty advisor for the Association of Information Technology Professionals student organization, where he developed many friendships among students as he encouraged them to immerse themselves in the field of information technology.

“He was always looking for ways to improve student learning and went above and beyond to help students,” said Patrick Kinnicutt, computer science department chair in the College of Science and Engineering.

One of his students, senior DaRon Turner, said: “Listening to his views was like listening to your grandfather pass down wisdom, and his office was a home for many who wanted to do homework or just chill out.”

Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home, 2300 S. Lincoln, Mount Pleasant. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 168 E. Wright Ave. in Shepherd. A luncheon will follow.

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