In profound sadness and continuing disbelief, we must report that our friend and colleague Stacey Hunter Hecht, associate professor of political science, passed away on Wednesday afternoon. Only 47 years old, Stacey had been on medical leave this year while she battled breast cancer.
At this point, it’s hard to find the words to explain just how much Stacey meant to the people of our department, but we encourage you to listen to Prof. Sam Mulberry’s December 2014 interview with Stacey on his Autobiography podcast, and to read Prof. Chris Gehrz’ reflection on his friendship with Stacey, posted yesterday at his blog, The Pietist Schoolman.
A memorial service for faculty, staff, alumni, students, and other members of the Bethel community will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 9:30am in the Seminary Chapel. Our own Diana Magnuson and Chris Gehrz will be among those participating in a service meant to celebrate Stacey’s life and enduring influence.
If you would like to join Stacey’s family and broader circle of friends in remembering her, visitation will be that same day from 4-8pm at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home in Shoreview (Hwy 96 and Mackubin). Then on Thursday the 17th, Stacey’s church, Como Park Lutheran (1376 W. Hoyt Ave. in St. Paul), will host a memorial service at 11am, with a gathering time the hour before.
Please join us in praying for Stacey’s family — especially her daughter, Rosie, and husband, Steve — and for her colleagues and students in the Political Science department. Peace be to her memory.