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Michael Mathis "Doc" Stoddard Obituary
Stoddard, Michael "Doc" Mathis SAN DIEGO -- Michael Mathis Stoddard, "Doc" passed away on July 22, 2014 after battling an aggressive form of cancer. Doc was born in Spokane, Washington, where his parents made a home and owned a Ford dealership. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and then attended UCLA for his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate in Political Science. He taught at San Diego State University for over 30 years and also headed up the Oxford Study Abroad Program for U.S. students to travel to Oxford, England to study at the famous Oxford Colleges. He was voted multiple times "Best Professor" in the Daily Aztec's Best of State Issue and was also recognized with the Associated Students' "Outstanding Service Award" on several occasions. He also taught at the University of San Diego and took students to the University of Guadalajara. Doc served on six Presidential Task Forces over the years and was a full time consultant for General Electric, TEMPO, a think tank in the Washington, D.C. area. He lived an amazing life and will be remembered for many many things. Perhaps, the most notable, is the impact he had on the students whom he taught. In this emotional time, it is important to consider what Doc would want from all of us: To make the world a better place by helping those who cannot help themselves, mentoring young people, and striving for greatness on a daily basis. As one of Doc's idols, Winston Churchill once said: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Doc is survived by his two Godsons, Michael and Donald McCann. Memorial services will be held at San Diego State, Montezuma Hall in the Student Union, parking is in Parking Lot G, on August 9, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, P. O. Box 2733, La Mesa, CA 91943, (501 (c) (3) Corporation 33-0859352.
Published in U-T San Diego on Aug. 3, 2014
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