George Edward Stanley
July 15, 1942 - February 7, 2011

Biography

Funeral for George Edward Stanley, 68, Lawton will be at 2:00 PM Friday at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Chaplin officiating.
Mr. Stanley died Monday in Oklahoma City.
Burial will be in Highland Cemetery under the direction of Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
He was born July 15, 1942 in Memphis, Texas to Joseph and Cellie (Lowe) Stanley. He married Gwen M. Meshew on June 29, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan.
George Edward Stanley lived all over Europe and Africa, studying and teaching foreign languages, working for the U.S. government, and writing books for young people and adults. However, for forty-one years, he called Lawton home.

George graduated from Memphis High School in 1960. He took his B.A. (1965) and his M.A. (1967) from Texas Tech University. His Doctor Litterarum (1974) in African Linguistics is from the University of Port Elizabeth [now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University] in South Africa.

It was while he was a Fulbright professor in Chad, in central Africa, that Dr. Stanley began writing fiction. About the only diversion he found available in that nation's capital city of N'Djamena was listening to the BBC on his short wave radio. That led to his writing radio plays for a program called World Service Short Story. Three of his plays were eventually produced and so began a lifetime of entertaining and educating children and young adults.

After writing and publishing over 200 short stories in American, British, Irish, and South African magazines and linguistics articles in major international journals, Dr. Stanley turned to writing books. He wrote more than 100 books for young people and one book on writing, WRITING SHORT STORIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

Dr. Stanley was also working on several other books for young people, as well as textbooks for teaching Arabic, Hausa, Indonesian, Persian, Swahili, and Urdu.

Dr. Stanley was a Professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages at Cameron University. At one time or another he has taught all the Germanic and Romance languages, in addition to African and Middle-Eastern languages.

His many recognitions include Cameronís most prestigious teaching award, The Hackler Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Cameron Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame.

Dr. Stanley lived an extraordinary life with his loving wife by his side, with two sons who adore him, and with an extended family whose love and compassion are unparalleled. He enjoyed his students, his colleagues, and those seeking to advance their knowledge of the world around them. He wanted to inspire, and inspire he did.

He will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, of the home, two sons; James Stanley, Tampa, Florida and Charles Stanley and his wife Aubrey, Alexandria, Virginia, a sister JoAnn Dickens, Clarendon, Texas, a grandson, Luke Edward Stanley, Lawton and many other loved family members.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cameron University Foreign Language Department, 2800 W. Gore Blvd., Lawton, OK 73505.


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