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May 13, 2014
I didn't know Stuart McRae personally, but I took 3 Anthropology courses from 1992 - 1994 with him. To this day, I have never had a teacher who made me want to learn a subject more. He always had time for every one of his students, and made us feel like we were the the most important person in the room. I regret that I didn't get the opportunity to know him better. Just last Sunday a story about Chagnon and the Yanomamo was featured on CBS, and the first thing that came to my mind was Stuart. I'll never forget him, and I thank him for giving me such a love for Anthropology!
February 02, 2014

For more than 30 years I have loved you. You, Moose and me at Crescent Beach ... and obsidian blades in Quirigua!

I dreamed of you your last week. I did not know you (so full of life and love) were even ill. I will forever regret not calling to say goodbye and tell you (although it was impossible) I would have done anything if I could have made you happy in my Wall Street Lawyer's life.

You were the best of so many of us and "larger than life" to all of us. Thank you. I envy God having his man of grace at his side.

My sincerest sorrow to your family and friends.

January 29, 2014
One year has felt like many without Stuart in my life. I pray for rest and peace for his soul in a place of light and repose. May his legacy live on in his family, friends, students and colleagues. To know him was to know joy and fun and a true friend and Southern gentleman. I love you, forever, Stuart McRae. Thank you for being my family.
October 24, 2013
Stuart McRae was my uncle and I just learned of his passing. His sister, Anne McRae Darley was my mother. He was by far the coolest, most interesting person I have ever know and treasure the time I was able to spend with him. He will be missed by many.
September 29, 2013
I met Stuart at the track in Delaware in 1987 were he has his filly racing. We quickly became friends and although the last years life took us our separate ways, I love Stuart as a friend and mentor. He was the most incredible person I have ever met. I feel so sad and I know he's in a better place. Will be miss by hundreds of people. I will always remember our days at the track and his farm..Trully an incredible human being,,,,,,RIP my dear friend and warrior....
August 08, 2013
Stuart was one of the most unique individuals this world has ever known. He's touched more lives then even he could imagine. He loved life, loved teaching, and shared everything he know with anyone who would listen. His classes were never boring, always fun, and impossible to forget.
June 12, 2013
I just found Stuart's obit while doing some research on old friends. I knew Stuart when he was an associate pastor at the First Methodist Church in Orlando, Fl. Our youth minister
Bob Garigues, Stuart and we two young people (Chip Bone and myself) formed a folk singing group. Great memories! To his family I offer my condolences and hope you know that he was a blessing to all who had the gift of knowing him!
June 01, 2013
March 19, 2013
Stuart was like a father to me for a time back in the seventies. He gave me confidence and courage and even let me drive the tractor, and never yelled when I got it stuck. He took me see Star Wars and we pretended that his sleek gold Cadillac was the Millenium Falcon all the way home. He bought me cleats and a soccer ball for Christmas.... I learned a lot from ol' Stu as his knowledge never ceased to amaze me as well as those around him. Go gentle into that good night, sir. You will live on fondly in my memory.
February 24, 2013
I am so grateful to know Stuart! He was an incredible human being, a phenomenal teacher and an amazing friend. He was open, loving and full of energy and life. I had the pleasure of taking many classes with him, as well as returning to Santa Fe to sit in on his lectures because I couldn't ever get enough! He was my ramage, my Indiana Jones and my mentor. He saw potential in me when I had no vision for myself, and he encouraged me and guided me in developing faith in myself that has allowed me to shape my destiny.

To be Stuart's student was to be his friend, to be his friend was to be his student. I am forever grateful to have been a part of his journey, which is not over, for we have all been touched by his love, which never ends. We carry a part of him with us and will share his legacy with many others! I love you forever, Stuart McRae~
February 21, 2013
I know this may seem odd however, having been priviledged to have been a student in Stuarts Cultural Anthropology class,I hope that there will be a memorial ceremony in Gainesville. Would anyone mind if my wife and I attend in NeanderTALL attire?
February 20, 2013
Stuart's Memorial Celebration - Santa Fe Comm College Sunday February 24th 6:30 pm
February 20, 2013
It is so hard to say goodbye to my dear friend and teacher Stuart. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Stuart will be greatly missed by so many forever. He set me on my path to life many long years ago at SFCC. I was blessed to spend much time with him in recent years - and to be with him the night he left us. I love you Stuart with all of my heart. God Bless You and I am sure you are up there in your minister's robe preaching and teaching.
February 18, 2013
I just learned of Stuart's passing this morning. I was also a student of his in the late 70's. What can one say about a man that had such impact on so many lives? He was my friend, and mentor. I had spoken with him in January and thanked him.
I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for our mutual interest in horses. I broke his filly, exercised horses on his farm, and shipped many horses with him. Everything he did he did so with passion and gusto. Which is why his classes were so interesting.
Stuart, thank you for sharing your life with us. We all shall cherish you in our hearts forever. Until we meet again.
February 12, 2013
I just heard that a long-time and much-respected faculty member at Santa Fe, Stuart McCrae passed away last midnight. Although he retired when I was new at Santa Fe, for me he was a Mensch and a true force of nature. His very presence and his reputation among those who worked closely with him were models for me of what is good about our profession and about working at Santa Fe.
Here's the famous passage from John Donne's Meditation XVII that immediately came to my mind when I heard about Stuart's passing:
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
Stuart, for me, was this giant “promontory” of Santa Fe's. His death diminishes me just as his life enhanced me.
February 11, 2013
When I came to SFCC in '99 I was lost and in need of assurance. Stu saw me in the back of the class on the first day, eager to answer a question I was sure I knew the answer to. He looked up and said "the Klingon in the back has something to say...". I could not remember the answer after that but I knew I had found my home. Thanks Stu, I hope I showed you how much it mattered. I hope all who were affected, as I was, will carry his memory forward and spread it to the world. The sun shines a little brighter in the world where Stuart Mcrae has been.
February 10, 2013
I met Stuart back in 1989, and I immediately felt like family! He married my husband and I in 1992 on one of the most beautiful, perfect day in late October. My husband passed away a few years ago, and even though he was very ill and in the hospital at the time, he took the time to call and check to see how I was doing. Stuart, I will never forget your infectious laugh, your thundering voice, and you love for life and all those around you! You will be missed on this Earth, but somehow, I know you will continue to reach out to all of us. I know you and Ed must be having quite the reunion right now!! I will always love and miss you!!
February 08, 2013
Stuart sacrificed and cared for everyone he touched. He helped so many become great by inspiring them to be intelligent and confident in themselves. I have been touched by his strength and have followed his teachings of being kind and giving to all. Thank you Stuart, you will truly be missed by many and thank you for the memories...
February 07, 2013
Stuart, You were the best teacher I've ever had. Your Cultural Anthropology class at Santa Fe had an enormously positive impact on my life in 1999. Thanks for everything, and be blessed in your next adventure.
February 05, 2013
Greatest teacher ever! He will be missed by everyone of his students who were lucky enough to know him and learn from him.
February 05, 2013
Stuart and I met in 1975. We studied organic growing methods together and oh how that man could grow a garden of fantastic veggies surrounded buy stunning flowers, especially roses. We had many great adventures in life together and I was blessed to be with him at the end. God speed old friend, we will meet again sometime.
February 05, 2013
Stuart and I met through organic gardening.back in 1975. Oh how that man could grow. And, who could forget our twenty years of Monday Night Football? It was all about conversation, football was just background. Was with him at the end. Going to miss you my brother. God speed.
February 05, 2013
I first met Stuart as a child when my mother returned to college and Stuart was her professor in Anthropology. He bacame a close friend of our family. His booming presence, entertaining and funny stories and the way he could walk into a room making everything and everyone come to life, will be greatly missed.
February 04, 2013
Stuart was one of the greatest teachers I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from at Santa Fe. My husband actually took a class with him years before I did, and we talked about Stu and the class, on a regular basis. I know he lived to the fullest though, and had said that if he could live his life all over again, the only thing he would change, would be to come back smaller, so he could be a jockey. What a great guy, and what a profound loss.
February 04, 2013
I met Stuart by chance and when he found out I was attending SFCC, he invited me to take his "Into to Cultural Anthropology" class. The next day he stopped by my work and gave me all the books, flash cards and reading material I would need, with no obligation to take his class.

From there, I took the class, fell in love with Anthropology and never looked back. Through the years, I attended all Stuart's classes and even assisted teaching some for him.

Stuart, you will forever be my favorite professor. Thanks for caring enough to invite me into your world. You will be missed.
February 04, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Stuart's passing. I was a student of his at Santa Fe. Occasionally I was called upon to dog sit with his Great Dane Moose. When he moved out to the country I was asked to take care of the horses. All of which I was so happy to do. Stuart was a great friend and a great teacher. I am sorry for the loss of this amazing man.
February 04, 2013
Stuart was an amazing individual. He excelled in every aspect of life, and leaves behind a legacy of inspired students and friends. Thank you Stuart- you will be deeply missed.
February 04, 2013
God is the love intelligence that guides the universe...wherever God is Stuart is. I am filled with gratitude and gratefulness that I was blessed to have known him for 33 years and he married my husband, Ben Dixon, and me so many years ago and, man was it a great party! His voice was as loud as thunder and I am thankful for it because the memory of it will always make me smile. Ruth Dixon
February 04, 2013
I took Mr. McRae's Class at SFCC. He was an awesome teacher who had a true passion for what he thought about. He will be missed.
February 04, 2013
THANK you Stuart for being so supportive when I was just about to turn my back on becoming an archaeologist. Love you!
the dance,
February 04, 2013
He was a tremendous teacher and friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. May God Bless him and all of his family.
February 04, 2013
I returned to college in the 80's - later in my life and still very uncertain that college was for me. The luck of the draw landed me in Stuart McRae's class - I had to have a humanities. Mr. McRae showed me what college and learning was really supposed to be. I have now forgotten the names of most of my professors, but in all discussions I have concerning my college accomplishments, I admit that the credit for getting me excited about college belongs to the impact Stuart McRae had on my life at a most critical time. Mr. McRae's class was absolutely one of my best college classes. Thank you Stuart McRae.
February 04, 2013
Stuart taught me in HSDE at SFCC and he was a neighbor of mine and Tom's for 8 years. I enjoyed seeing him on campus and listening to his stories. Stuart's class was the class everyone wanted to take. He was a true legend.He will be missed greatly.
February 04, 2013
Thanks for everything, Stuart. You helped me become who I am today. My second father, one of my best friends, and my mentor. It's hard to put into words, the loss I and many others feel at your passing. But as you requested, we WILL celebrate your life.....and oh, what a life it was.
February 04, 2013
Stuart McRae changed opinions, shed light & made a difference in the lives of so many people. My family was personally touched when my young daughter accidently left her favorite stuffed toy at an Anthropology Pool party. He kept the toy safe for about 6-7 months until he saw us again. It sounds simple or silly but it made all the difference in the world to a poor kid with a single mom trying to balance work & school. She still has that cat, Stuart & we still love you for it.
February 04, 2013
I was also in Dr. McRae's class at Sante Fe in '73. We all sat on the floor and basically exchanged ideas on topics he would bring up. One of the first times a class was fun! That was early Sante Fe and Dr. McRae was a perfect fit.
February 04, 2013
Stuart was larger than life!
He will be greatly missed.
February 04, 2013
It is with great sadness to hear of Stuart leaving this world for a journey into the next. He was trulsy an inspiration. It's not often that you can run into your professor 25 years after having been in his class, and he remembers you by name. I have thought of him often, and will never forget what he has taught me.
February 04, 2013
I remember Stuart from Santa Fe I worked for the police dept.for many years and I ran into Stuart a lot and chat with him he was a real likable and friendly person,the Mcrae family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
February 03, 2013
I was in Stuart's class in 1976 and knew him personally as well. Anyone who was a student of his can tell you how dynamic he was and that he made an indelible mark on each one of us. My thoughts are with Kim, Kelly and his grandchildren.
February 03, 2013
I was in Stuart's class back in the 70's. His teaching made me love Anthropology. His life was well-lived and his students loved him.
February 03, 2013
I was a colleague of Stuart's in the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges...he was the Bear Bryant of teaching! Charismatic energy, great voice, but above all else, a passion for learning and teaching that transcended everything else. I nominated him years ago for the Amer. Anth. Association Professor of the Year along with a high ranking medical anthro professor in Florida, who loved teaching his transfer students.
February 03, 2013
He was trully an incredible man and made learning a great experience.
February 03, 2013
Stuart changed so many lives. To study and travel with him was some of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I can never repay him for all the things he did for me, in my career and in my life. He took me to Peru, married my wife and I, and helped me become an anthropologist. Words fail me to express my admiration and gratitude for the man he was and all he did. Not just for me, but so many others. How often can you really say that someone changed our life? Thank you, Stuart.
February 03, 2013
As a dual enrolled student in 1990, I had the tremendous pleasure of obtaining a spot in Stuart's very popular Cultural Anthropology class. I learned without knowing I was learning. Stuart was inspiring and encouraging at the same time. I received a better education at Santa Fe than I did at the 2 University's I attended after receiving my AA. Stuart was the best of the best. Over the 24 years I knew him, he never forgot my name and always wanted to know how I was doing and what I was doing. It is my privilege to have known him! To Stuart's family, you have my thoughts and prayers to adjusting to life without him on this earth. I want you all to know how many students he touched and encouraged. I probably would not have my degree today without his constant support and inspiration. There will never be another that can bridge that gap between individual students, education, and success.
February 03, 2013
Stuart Mcrae was the first teacher I ever had who made me enjoy learning. He got me thinking about what culture really is, and for the first time I began to apply myself. I barely graduated high school, but after I took his class, I aced ever other class I EVER took. Honors at UF the whole way through. I am sad to hear this news. He will be remembered.
February 03, 2013
I was in the first anthropology class Stuart ever taught at Santa Fe (then Community) College. The class gave me an intellectual direction for my future academic studies (anthropology B.A. and public administration M.P.A.), inspired me to learn more about other cultures, and revived my motivation to finish college. Stuart was a wise soul, an inspirational teacher, and a compassionate leader. It's no stretch to say that he changed my life for the better. RIP Stuart, I will miss you.
February 03, 2013
What a shock! He was my anthropology professor in the early 70s. Great teacher and his enthusiasm was contagious!
February 03, 2013
We miss you, Stuart. Your laugh, your enthusiasm, and when you officiated our wedding, our vow renewals, and our daughter's wedding -- all will be memories we'll cherish forever! You were a an amazing teacher, a wonderful friend, and compassionate father figure, and you'll be in our hearts forever!
February 03, 2013
My family has known Stuart since 1968 and we considered him a dear friend. He was a wonderful person in so many ways. We will miss him very much. We would love to be notified of his memorial service when it is arranged. Thank you, Jodi Jenkins for The Tom Jenkins Family of Rochelle (near Gainesville, FL)
February 03, 2013
To the family and friends of Stuart McCrae I send my deepest sympathies...Stuart was my Anthropology teacher at Sante Fe. I just loved him! He was such a wonderful teacher who really engaged his students and inspired them. His class was one of the most popular classes there, and many students who were not anthropology students took his class because of his legendary status as a great teacher...He will be missed.
February 03, 2013
I had Mr. McRae as one of my instructors at Santa Fe. He always made our classes fun and interesting and I was not suprised that Floriday Southern found him too "student oriented". He was an exemplary example of how much teachers can enlighten students, not just in the cirriculum, but life's little lessons as well. Rest in Peace Mr. McCrae, you were quite the character.
February 03, 2013
Stuart McRae was my professor in the 1990s. I will never forget him. I took his classes unsure of my future and what I wanted to do & he not only changed my major to Anthropology but my way of thinking about the world. He was bigger than life & will be sorely missed.
February 03, 2013
Stuart was certainly the greatest man I have known. He was my teacher, mentor, friend, and the minister that officiated my wedding. I worked as his teaching assistant at school, hired hand at his ranch, and traveled to Central America with him several times. He fed all the college boys every time he would have us out to his house and he taught us all the importance of becoming men. Last year I was at a conference and met a professor from a small college out west. He had been on the board that presented Stuart with the Community College Teacher of the Year Award. He, as all that knew Stuart, lit up as he recalled meeting their meeting. Even brief introductions became lasting memories for people. That is Stuart's legacy, brightening the lives of so many.
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