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Subject: [HCPD] Leo Stalnaker
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 22:22:48 EDT

Leo Stalnaker Jr.   

STALNAKER, Leo, Jr., died in Tampa on April 30, 2003, after a battle with
cancer. He was 79. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, June E. Stalnaker; his
two sons, Jeffrey C. Stalnaker, M.D., and Lan ce K. Stalnaker, Attorney at
Law; his daughter-in-law, Gail Stalnaker; his two grandchildren, Erin N. Stalnake
r and Nicholas C. Stalnaker; his sister and brother-in-law, Belle Russo and
Joseph Russo; and his brother and sister-in-law, Zeno Stalnaker and Doris
Stalnaker. Born in Hillsborough County on October 18, 1923, Leo attended local
public schools and graduated in 1941 from Hillsborough High School as valed
ictorian. In 1963, he graduated with honors in the charter class of the University
of South Florida, earning a B.A. in history. In 1973, he received his M.A. in
adult education from that same institution. Du ring World War II, Leo served in
Europe as an Army combat medical corpsman. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Leo was employed by The Tampa Times as a Staff Writer from 1946-1950. He was
City Editor of that same newspaper from 1950-1955. The Tampa Tribune employed
Leo as Associate State Editor from 1955-1957, as City Editor from 1957-1968 and
as Assistant Managing Editor from 1968-19 70. While still employed by the
Tribune, Leo was appointed as an Adjunct Instructor in the Journalism Program of
USF. In 1970, he joined the faculty full time as an Assistant Professor. He was
granted tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1977. In addition
to teaching courses in journalism at USF, Leo at various times was appointed by
the university as General Manager of the Oracle student newspaper ,
coordinator of the Journalism Sequence in the Department of Mass Communications,
Director of Student Publications, adviser of the Oracle, adviser of Omnibus, the
university's literary magazine, and adviser of the senior yearbook. While Leo was
adviser of the Oracle, the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta
Chi, three times designated the Oracle as Best All-Round Studen t Newspaper in
the Southeast U.S. The Florida Press Association also chose Leo to serve as a
visiting lecturer in the College of Mass Communications at the university of
Florida. Leo was a member of several organizations including Omicron Delta
Kappa, which is a national honorary leadership society, Kappa Tau Alpha, which is
a national honorary journalism society, and the Society of Professional
Journalists, Si gma Delta Chi. Leo was a former President of the Florida West Coast
Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi. He also was a former President of the Pebble Creek
Homeowners Association in Hillsborough County. Professing Je sus Christ as
his Lord and Savior, Leo was a member of and former President of St. John's
Lutheran Church in Tampa. Visitation will be Monday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 11
a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Tampa, with the funeral service to occur
from 11 a.m. until noon. Interment will be at the Florida National Cemetery in
Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, Leo's family requests that donations in his name
be given to the Trust Fund of St. John's Lutheran Church, Tampa, or to the
American Cancer Society. Arrangements through Swilley's Funeral Home, Tampa
Published in the TBO.com on 5/3/2003.

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