History professor and department chair of the history department passed away at the age of 71.
Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010
Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010 21:10
Dedicating more than 40 years of service, Shannon Stack devoted her life to her students and campus here at Valley College, until she passed away on July 1, 2010 of cancer. Recently the Academic Senate established the Shannon Stack Memorial Scholarship representing the excellence she established over the years.
"So much of the support that I received since the passing has been through the staff and faculty administrators at Valley," said Dana Irwin, Shannon's son. "That is something I am really happy about and I think that is a very good way to represent her at Valley is having a perpetual scholarship to honor the academic success of students at the school."
Stack received her Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975. Since then, she has taught history, humanities, law and philosophy until 2007. Along with teaching, she served as the department chair in the history department and was involved in the shared governance process in which she was the Academic Senate president twice.
"She just wanted to install life-long love of history in her students," said Joyce Romero, international students counselor who was good friends with Stack. "I loved her she's a great woman, a little eccentric, but just a wonderful woman that cared about students."
A memorial service was held for Stack on Oct.16, 2010, Valley President Sue Carleo and other faculty members like Jon Maddox, Barbra Goldberg and Joanna Waddell showed up to the event hosted by her son Dana Irwin.
She was married to Eddie Irwin who was a journalism professor at Valley from 1961-1984. When Stack was diagnosed with cancer, it had metastasized to the point in which it could not be located on her body.
"I will miss our discussions on history, her love of life and her impact on Valley College which she loved," said Rose Drummond of the Academic Senate. "She worked tirelessly on many committees to continue to innovate and share relations with faculty, administration, and the district."
Stack made it possible to keep the integrity of Valley strong by improving campus programs, making learning more enjoyable for students and going the extra mile to help them become more successful. Stack Retired from Valley in Spring 2007.