Stacey Tsuyoshi Nakamura

PLEASE NOTE THERE HAS BEEN A LOCATION CHANGE FOR THE HOUSTON, TX MEMORIAL SERVICE, TO THE GILRUTH CENTER, UPDATED INFORMATION IS BELOW.
Stacey was born in Los Angeles on March 4, 1958 to Stanley and Betsy Nakamura. Four years later, his sister, Charlene was born and the family moved to the burbs – Canoga Park, California in 1963. From a young age, it was apparent that Stacey was intelligent (some would say a genius) and he skipped a grade in elementary school. Not only was he book smart, he was also a talented musician, taking up the accordion at age 5 and transitioning to piano in his teens. He tortured his sister with endless afternoon rehearsals of “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and “Funeral for a Friend” by Elton John. He graduated at the top of his class from Canoga Park High School (CPHS) and was the second CPHS grad to be accepted to and attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1975. At MIT, his freshman year roommate was George Celniker, a lifelong friend who helped Stacey during his battle against the Big C. Stacey and George both became members of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, which sparked Stacey’s interest in volunteering and giving back to the community. Fraternities at MIT helped students transition from high school to college (how does one go from a public high school to MIT???). His fraternity brothers discovered Stacey played piano and the accordion so Stacey was often asked to play at frat parties – imagine hearing the accordion rendition of “Stairway to Heaven”. Stacey was very much the glue that kept his brothers connected these past 45 years.
Stacey used that extra year he gained in elementary school at MIT and he graduated in 1980 with a MS in Chemical Engineering. He landed his dream job, working for NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Stacey was so excited to start working that he moved right after graduation from Boston to Houston and reported to JSC on June 1, 1980 as a Quality Engineer in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. As someone that grew up with enthralled by the Apollo program, he was thrilled to work at NASA and the Space Shuttle program. Five years later, he was promoted to Chief Engineer; few moved so quickly up the ranks before the age of 30. Stacey was given many assignments and challenges during his time at NASA (all in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance) and his family thanks NASA for presenting him with his 40 year service award shortly before his passing.
Stacey believed in a work/play balance. Not only did he participate social activities at JSC, like the annual chili cook-off but he encouraged his co-workers to join him. Stacey was also one of the early members of JSC’s Diversity Council established in the 1990s. It seems only fitting that the newest class of astronauts is NASA’s most diverse and the first-ever public graduation ceremony took place within days of his passing.
Stacey was instrumental in growing the South Texas branch of the MIT Alumni Association. This allowed him to easily meet fellow MIT Alumni in Houston and throughout Texas. Soon, Stacey formed a band of fellow MIT alums and the group used to perform at The Outpost once a few times a month. He also provided support to other MIT Alumni chapters and he received the MIT Bronze Beaver Award in 2017.
Stacey was diagnosed with Stage 1 Multiple Myeloma in January 2012. In true Stacey fashion, he passed away exactly 8 years to the day of his MM diagnosis. He was determined to beat this and in Stacey fashion, he learned everything about the disease and available treatments. It seemed as though he succeeded when tiny tumors were found in January 2018. He only let a handful of people know he was fighting a new battle.
Stacey is survived by his father, Stanley; sister, Charlene (Neil Fletcher); nephew, Angus Fletcher; niece, Gracie Fletcher and his NASA, MIT and Pi Lambda Phi families.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 29th at 10am at the Gilruth Center, 18600 Space Center Blvd., Houston, TX 77058. There will be an additional memorial service on Saturday, February 22nd at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 961 S. Mariposa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006 (final arrangements pending) for those who are unable to attend the service in Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in his honor to the International Myeloma Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or MD Anderson Cancer Center.

87 comments

  1. I am so glad I was able to reconnect with Stacey at our 40th high school reunion. He will be missed by so many of us. Rest in Peace Stacey.

    Kathryn Wafer
  2. So sorry to hear this news Stanley, Charlene and the rest of the family.

    Our love goes out to you.

    Adam & Jeanette Fletcher
    London UK

    Adam Fletcher
  3. Sonia and I are devisated to hear of Stacy’s illness and passing. Our sincere condolences to Stacy’s family and many, many friends. RIP and Godspeed Stacy. We are praying for comfort and strength
    Tim DeLong.

    Tim DeLong
  4. I graduated with Stacey from CPHS and was lucky to meet up again over the years at reunions. He was the best of men. I am very sorry for the family’s loss.

    Joan Swenson
  5. I am sorry for your family’s loss. Holding you in the light at this sad time. 💐

    Joan Ochi
  6. Charlene,
    I am so sorry to hear that Stacey has lost his battle with multiple myeloma.
    I am so blessed to have had Stacey as a friend and co worker as long as I can remember. Perhaps since 1987 when I came to work at JSC. We have been on Chili cook off teams together and routinely played cards with a small group of friends. Even though Carol and I have retired and moved to the NE I often thought about Stacey’s wonderful long term friendship and his health struggles. My life wouldn’t have been as blessed without him as a friend nor would my JSC career have been as enjoyable. He was a wonderful friend. His passing will leave an emptiness. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    James and Carol Rush
  7. Very sorry to hear this Charlene. May his memory be a comfort to you.

    Michelle Luster
  8. Charlene,

    I only met Stacey a handful of times but remember him as a warm, intelligent person with a sweet smile.

    My love to you and your family.

    Cheryl Lee
  9. I can’t express how sad I am to learn of this terrible news. Stacey and I had been friends for 15 years. He was a kind, generous, and brilliant man. He had a big hesrt and an easy smile. He put those around him at ease and was a pleasure to know. He will be sorely missed. My deepest heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.

    Shawn Cruickshank
  10. Stacey is my Pi Lambda Phi fraternity brother from MIT and will be forever. I was blessed to reconnect with him in Boston for his last reunion. He was so happy to see his brothers. His beautiful smile filled the room. He did not discuss his illness. I learned of it only when he began making large donations to my Pan Mass Challenge ride to support the Dana Farber cancer institute. I am so proud to call him my friend…. and my brother. Godspeed on your final flight. Not 4 years, but eternity. Donations in his memory can be made to http://www.pmc.org/sb0314 100% of donations go directly to Cancer research and treatment.

    Steve Bader
  11. I’ll never forget starting the Mad Cow Chili team with Stacey and friends. Good times! My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends who mourn him.

    Karen Stromme
  12. My heart is broken. After Stacey was diagnosed, he joined our Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Walk team, which is named, in part, for him. Over time, Stacey raised more than $14,000. Always thinking of others, Stacey volunteered at hospitals to counsel patients, encouraging them as they faced the challenges of leukemia therapies.
    To honor him, I encourage you to make a donation to his team, at
    https://pages.lightthenight.org/txg/Houston19/mbourque

    marsha bourque
  13. Stacey was an inspiration, a great individual to know. We met through his generous work with the the South Texas MIT Alums. My wife and I got his correspondence for years before finally responding. Stacey was faithful and persistent. Upon getting to know him it was clear that he was a good person. Stacey was proof that being intelligent does not preclude someone from being thoughtful. Stacey, you will be missed but always remembered.

    David K Brown
  14. I have never really known what to say in these situations other than I am saddened to hear this and my condolences to his family and friends. Stacey made a difference in this world and I will miss him.

    Paul Kurilecz
  15. Much love to your family as you mourn Stacey’s passing. He was one of a kind and I was blessed to know him. At the service at St Mary’s, he’d want everyone to notice the moon landing in the stained glass, so make sure someone points it out!

    Anna Olson
  16. Stacey was one of my father’s best friends growing up in Canoga Park. As I grew up, my father, John Garrisi would always share fun and interesting stories about Stacey from his childhood. I was always intrigued with his career and loved hearing fun facts about Stacey, such as his talent of playing the accordion. I remember he would always send my family a Christmas card each year and I enjoyed reading what he had accomplished in the year. I had the great pleasure of finally meeting Stacey in 2015 when he attended my wedding in Lake Tahoe. It meant a great deal to me because I got to witness my dad reunite with one of his dearest friends after so many years. Stacey had a very kind and caring spirit and I know he will be missed by many.

    Christine Garrisi Stanphill
  17. I feel like I have always known Stacey since I started working at NASA 30 years ago. He was a generous and inclusive friend. We shared a lot of common interests and I always looked forward to hearing from him. I am so sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye. He leaves a hole at work and in his friends lives. My sincerest condolences to his family.

    Jen Mason
  18. The world has lost a great human being. There aren’t that many people that are loved by all of the communities they belong to. Stacey was one of these universally loved people. There is an article on Stacey in NASA’s “Roundup” magazine. Words sprinkled through it are humble, courageous, committed, energetic, helpful, coach. Wrap all those qualities together and add the music piece and you get one heck of a package. Stacey was one of the best among us. I’ll miss him.

    Steven Milman
  19. To the Family of Stacey Nakamura:
    May the depths of God’s love be the source of your comfort, strength and peace as you experience the passing of Stacey and celebrate the gift of his life as he lived among us!

    rev. samuel nixon, jr.
    MIT Class of ’80

    samuel nixon jr
  20. I am so saddened by the news of Stacey’s passing. Knowing him as a young boy was enlightening and wonderful. Tom and Jim loved going to Stacey’s house to see what experiments he was thinking up. I remember him in Gray Wy and his determination in track and baketball. What a wonderful soul and mind. It was a blessing knowing him as a young boy and reading of his accomplishments as a young man. Stanley and Charlene my sincere love and sympathy to you and family.

    Fondly, Laura Engel ( mother of Tom, Jim and Bill).

    Laura Engel
  21. Many of us in the MIT Houston Alumni community are very saddened by the loss of Stacey, who was a central pillar to the organization, and a kind, welcoming hand to all those new to the community. He is missed already.

    N Jimenez
  22. You were a special person to me. I’m so glad we reconnected so many
    Years ago. I know you touched many lives. I am very
    Honored you touched mine. You will be dearly missed.

    Kayleen Galvin
  23. Dearest Charlene. Thinking of you and your Dad and sending so much love❤️

    Gina Oster
  24. So sorry to hear the news about Stacey….Great memories of our vacations to California with obachan. sending our love, hugs, prayers and deepest condolences from my ohana to Charlene and Uncle Stanley and the rest of the ohana.

    Joy Macias (Nakamura)
  25. Charlene , we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and sympathies are with you.

    Ralph Mechur
  26. To the family,

    My condolences on your loss. Stacey was a great gentleman. I learned many things from him, from technical issues to life in general. I know that I will miss him. God bless you all. You are all in my prayers.

    Manuel Dominguez
  27. May you rest in peace Stacy. A truly caring, learning and thoughtful person.

    My deepest sympathies to your family.

    I will miss you,
    Gail Chapline

    Gail Chapline
  28. To all of us who were blessed to share even a small portion of walk through this life with Stacey, I pray we can transition through the mourning quickly. We have not lost him, for he abides within us. The flesh fails, the spirit endures. Each time we shared with Stacey changed us, I dare say, made us better, and in that way, he lives on.

    Condolences to the family. May Grace and Peace abound in the lives of us all!

    Steve Edwards, CPHS ‘75
  29. I will keep Stacey’s memory alive, and am proud that he considered me enough of a friend to help him fight this battle. His passion for his work lives on in many rules and words of guidance to the safety and mission assurance folks who have been his colleagues (and fans).

    As impressive as his intelligence was, it was his empathy and compassion for others that struck me as his strongest quality. He had an amazing ability to put himself in the position of others because he was diligent in understanding what everyone in the organization could and could not do. This empowered his words and actions to become deeds that will honor his legacy well past our time.

    May Stacey roam at will among the stars and planets that fired his imagination.

    Steve Lilley
  30. My heart broke with the news of Stacey’s passing. What a gentle, funny, interesting, and intelligent man he was! The world has lost a good one, yet heaven has gained a real angel.

    Pam Roberts
  31. Stacey was my MIT fraternity brother, albeit 10 years ahead of me. I had the pleasure of meeting him on multiple occasions when he would come back to visit MIT and his fraternity, as well as down in Houston. He was one of the most kind and completely genuine people I have ever met. He was also the source of great amusement, telling us of crazy stories from our fraternity’s past.

    I was not aware of Stacey’s illness, which is why the news hit me especially hard this morning. My sincerest condolences to his family and his many friends and coworkers. When you lose someone like Stacey it leaves an even larger hole in your already broken heart.

    Rest in peace my brother.

    Ziggy
  32. Rest in peace, Stacey. One of the finest human beings I’ve ever met. My honor to call him a brother and a friend.

    Andrew DeBiccari
  33. My condolences to the family and friends. We were all made better for having known Stacey.
    I recall when Stacey was invited to be on the diversity panel, he came to me and asked why would he be asked to do that. Then he realized it was because of his Pan Asian heritage. It never occurred to Stacey that he was any different than anyone else or that anyone else was different from him. Stacey was Stacey, my colleague and my friend.

    Joe Ripma
  34. Stacey you left us all too soon, but you have left us all better for having known you. Your smile and your spirit will never be forgotten. You inspired many to serve the community and in particular with our fellow MIT Alums.

    Your grace in this last leg of your journey and the opportunity to meet your sister and father will remain with me forever. You are loved and your memory will be cherished great Yedi Master.

    What a long strange trip it’s been – and we are so glad we could share it with you. Enjoy your journey into timeless space and keep shining star child. We feel you and cherish your memory. Happy Trails Amigo.

    Tomas Gonzalez
  35. Thank you Stacey for sharing parts of your life with us. That’s a beautiful life story.

    Arvind Rao
  36. I wish I had known him.

    Douglas S Carey
  37. This is very sad news, my condolences to Stacey’s family and friends.

    Stacey was a very fine gentleman. I met him only through the MIT Alum club, and he was an outstanding individual and an excellent person. Rest in peace

    Jesus Alejandro Benavides
  38. So sad to lose a great friend and band mate, I learned so much from him and his quiet leadership style influenced me greatly. My heart goes out to all who knew him and especially his family.

    M. Scott Sample
  39. Stacey, you were with me on my trips to the Hubble, and so many more voyages to space. Godspeed Stacey Tsuyoshi Nakamura!

    John Grunsfeld
  40. We never met Stacey but wanted to share our condolences to his family. He sounded like a wonderful man who cared about all in his life!

    Eisenhour Family, Indiana

    Jenifer Eisenhour
  41. I met Stacey through the Houston Ivy-Plus group and enjoyed many subsequent years of discussing and debating issues both technical and political. He was a genuine talent and a supremely nice guy. See you on the other side, friend.

    Brian Kenneth Swain
  42. My sincerest condolences to Stacey’s family.

    As one of Stacey’s fraternity brothers, I have interacted with him many times over the years and always found him to be intelligent and insightful. It was only when I met him in person that I realized what a wonderfully caring and present person he was. I was very sad to hear that he is no longer with us as I was really looking forward to spending some more time with him. He was a very good man and touched many people.

    Francis Malinosky-Rummell
  43. Having worked under Stacy on several Fire & Safety Contracts at JSC always found him to be talented an honorable man. I am sure he will be sincerely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Fly w/ the angel’s “Bosu”. Howard Sloan (Ret. JSC).

    Howard Sloan
  44. Stacey was truly a gentleman and scholar ! He made missing the last reunion so much nicer by FaceTiming us here in Oklahoma ❤️

    Kathy Palm
  45. Chili cookoffs and Mollys Halloween parties won’t be the same without him.

    Scott Woodard
  46. Stacey was one of the first people I met when I first came to JSC way back when. He was one of the nicest people I have ever encountered in my life, and we shared many a cold beer and long conversation over the years. I even got to be his sound-man for performances of his group Wahoo Bob (well, that was one name they used) at the old Outpost Tavern. Although we worked in different Divisions here at JSC, our paths crossed many times at work and socially.

    I was saddened to hear of his passing this morning. I knew he had suffered a setback in his battle with Multiple Myeloma, but it was still a shock to find he has lost the good fight. My prayers are with his family tonight.

    Ad Astra, Stacey!

    Roger Mitchell
  47. I’m so saddened to hear you are gone, Stacey. I saw you laughing and smiling not that long ago. What a privilege!

    I remember Stacey always had a wide smile for any of his friends, a kindness and genuine interest in the person he was with. Helping others. I was blessed to know him since our days at the ‘Tute. Condolences to his family and all who knew him. Rest in peace, brother.

    Peter Gormley
  48. To Charlene, Stanley, and the rest of Stacey’s family I am so sorry for your great loss.

    Stacey was selfless and kind, giving of his time and energy to others, MIT Club, and me. While he was receiving treatment at MD Anderson and I was sick and could not yet drive, Stacey picked me up and took me to early vote. Throughout his illness, unti the very end, he carried on. My life was richly blessed with knowing Stacey. Please find comfort in knowing that Stacey was loved by many and will be very much missed.

    Cordelia Price
  49. My sincere condolences to Charlene, Stanley, and the rest of hos family in California.

    Stacey will be missed around the country. He was one of the few people (at least outside of Cambridge) that knew how to effectively and efficiently use the MIT alumni office computer system. We will miss you.

    Alan Cisar
  50. So sorry to hear that Stacey is gone. He was a huge asset to the interclub group and a wonderful person.

    Sandy Simmons
  51. I am grateful to have met Stacey a number of times at a common friend’s house. What a great guy! I have fond memories of him and our conversations. Condolences to his loved ones

    Tudor Mitroi
    • As a fellow alumnus of MIT and member of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, I had the pleasure of serving with Stacey on our fraternity Alumni Board of Directors. Although we were not students at MIT at the same time, our mutual bond made us Brothers in the true fraternity sense of the word, and I grew to admire and enjoy Stacey in a fashion that I can see by all the other entries on this Comments site was shared by everybody with whom Stacey came in contact. What a wonderful person Stacey was – a fabulous combination of competence, caring and friendliness. We were all blessed to know him.
      Jim Bricker
      Pi Lambda Phi, MIT
      Class of 1970

      Jim Bricker
  52. I’m so sorry for your loss. It must be terribly painful for your dad and you. It looks like you’re doing a beautiful job of honoring him. Big hug. Hang in there.

    Karen Moses
  53. I’m so very sad of losing Stacey. We had lunch with him and uncle my first meet with this cousin, and he was so pleasant so kind and ever since than we always sent Christmas cards and every now and than share a text message back and forth. It’s sad 😞. Though we don’t know or understand why we need to know that the Lord knows all and he makes things beautiful in his time. No more suffering no more tests no more appointments. Life is like a vapor. You made a difference in this world! God bless you Uncle and family.

    Sophie Nakamura
  54. Sending my deepest condolences and a lot of love.

    It was a privilege to know and serve with Stacey on the MIT Alumni Association Board of Directors. He lived every value of being an MIT alum and engineer, through and through. Stacey was truly a gentleman—he was kind-hearted to all, and everyone stood to learn from him. As we’ve been planning the MIT Volunteer Summit these past few months, we’ve been thinking about him a lot in the hopes that he could share his wisdom and spirit with us. Stacey will be deeply missed.

    Charlene Chuang
  55. I first met Stacey at my MIT fraternity reunion in the late 90’s. We’ve been reconnecting over the past decade through MIT Club of South Texas events. He always shared some of the most fascinating and comical stories about MIT, our fraternity, and just life in general. His spirit and personality never reflected the illness he was battling, which just made spending time with him truly inspirational and fulfilling. It’s been an honor, Stacey. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

    Juan Mata
  56. Stacey, it’s been such an honor to work alongside you over the past decade. You were always on top of the ball with our alumni events, connected every detail and ensure no stone was left unturned. You are thoughtful, detailed, and wise. You were incredibly gracious in partnering with us ‘non-MIT’ family, and I grew spoiled at your penchant for photography at various events. I grew to expect wonderful photos from some great memories together.

    I also grew used to making sure we ran lean, on budget, and on time, which is the level of rigor we sorely needed when coordinating alumni events in town. My photo collection over the years with alumni, family and friends is truly in part to you. Thank you for always being so kind and welcoming with open arms.

    You will be missed. My sincerest condolences to you and your extended family.

    Brandon Stein
  57. I am so sorry to hear of Stacey’s passing…we had reconnected 5 yrs ago and he was exactly the same person I met at MIT…kind, considerate, thoughtful, ultra polite! A true gentleman. Our special connection was California so we got to meet each other’s families and both having Japanese backgrounds made for great conversations. I will miss your stories and smile! My sincere condolences to his family.

    June Mahala (Cubillos)
  58. Sending my condolences to Charlene and the Nakamura/Fletcher family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Alisa Stewart
  59. Stacey was indispensable to the MIT Club of South Texas, enthusiastically supporting all of our endeavors. Although it takes the efforts of many to coordinate the MIT Club activities, Stacey was its cornerstone – the glue that held everything together. He was an inspiration, a mentor, a cheerleader, and a friend to all of the MIT alumni in the Houston area.
    Our deepest condolences to his family. We will miss him.

    David Johnston
  60. I knew Stacey through our involvement with the MIT Club of South Texas. The Club was very special to Stacey and in turn Stacey was very special to the Club. He not only led the club as its President on various occasions, but happily undertook tedious and time consuming membership communication efforts. His endless contributions were honored with the Bronze Beaver Award, the highest service award bestowed by the MIT Alumni Association. His warmth and sense of humor welcomed newcomers and old timers alike.
    We were very fortunate to have known and been friends of Stacey. We will miss you Stacey, rest in peace.

    Jaime Valencia
  61. Stacey was one of the first people I met when I first moved back to Houston. I met him at an Ivy Plus happy hour, and he made me feel welcome when I didn’t know anyone else at these gatherings. My deepest condolences to Stacey’s family on the passing of such a sweet and warm heart.

    Jasmine S.
  62. So saddened to hear of Stacey’s passing. I first met Stacey on a business trip to Houston in the early 80s shortly after he was hired at NASA JSC. I was instantly impressed with his friendliness and zeal. As we worked together as colleagues over the years, I continued to be impressed by Stacey’s willingness to tackle tough problems, his knowledge and intellect, and his zeal for life. I know the NASA JSC and broader NASA and aerospace communities will sorely miss Stacey. He was a champ and one of a kind. God speed to you Stacey and my deepest condolences to Stacey’s family in this time of sorrow. May God’s mercy and peace be with you in these times.

    Wayne Frazier, NASA HQ (ret)
  63. Stacy, we enjoyed going to Many movies/restaurants with you & friends in recent years, and I’m so sorry they won’t continue. But, I know that God is giving you rest now and will soon have another mission for you, which might be Heaven’s Institute of Technology (HIT)! I pray that your family will be encouraged and remain so proud of your devotion to others & your accomplishments at NASA, and that we’ll all see each other again in God‘s heavenly family even beyond our planet.

    God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply … Hudson Taylor

    Clayton Brown
  64. I am sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Stacey through our MIT connection on the Alumni Association board. Stacey was friendly and welcoming to all. I hope that you will find peace soon. Alex.

    Alex Menchaca
  65. Stacey was a Pi Lam brother and MIT alumni volunteer who embodied the true spirit of brotherhood, MIT, and good will to others. I will sorely miss him.

    Paul Edelman
  66. Words fail me upon learning of Stacey’s passing. One of the joys of being involved with MIT is the opportunity to meet and work with someone as exemplary as Stacey. He was kind, gentle, soft spoken, always upbeat, forward looking, and incredibly productive. A day with Stacey in it was going to be a good day. My condolences to his family, and thank you for sharing him with us.

    Don Shobrys
  67. My sincere condolences to the Nakamura Family and Friends. I have known Stacey since 1985 when he was introduced to my Air Force Space Shuttle Safety Division at Vandenberg AFB by Mr. Roger Tanner, JSC Resident Quality Manager. Roger stated that Stacey was hired by NASA and would be a raising star in the NASA Quality Assurance Mission. Over the years Roger”s words proved to be most accurate as Stacey rose to every challenge with prophetic logic and original ideas that lead the NASA Mission Assurance for mankind. Stacey was a confident to sound out NASA OSMA policy and a professional to the end, always seeking the detailed scientific approach whether at the Out Post or in the Halls of NASA. I will miss him for ever and his quiet demeanor.
    Celebrate Stacey and Remember the Good Times! You made the World a Better Place!

    Jonathan B. Mullin NASA HQ (Ret)
  68. I had the pleasure of working with Stacey for several years on the MIT Alumni Association board of directors. He was exemplary- the kind of person everyone wants to be more like, myself included. I’ll miss Stacey, as everyone who knew him will. He was intelligent, kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. He will have a fond place in my thoughts forever. Rest In Peace, my friend.

    Brian Brown
  69. This is to express my keen regret at the passing of Stacey Nakamura – he served as a key glue in keeping the local MIT Club active and vibrant. We shall sorely miss him. It was always a great pleasure to interact with Stacey – noting his sharp intelligence and enthusiasm for quickly getting things done. Beyond that, we shared a certain kinship having both majored in chemical engineering at M.I.T..

    Marvin Baker
  70. Stacey was always there with a warm welcome to alumni moving to Houston.
    I can not imagine the Club without Stacey’s presence. He will be long missed with such a tragic loss at just 62. My deepest condolences to the bereaved.

    Babu Bangaru
  71. My deepest condolences to Stacey’s family. I knew Stacey over the last seven years through the many MIT Club of South Texas events he led, organized and attended. Stacey created a community in which he made everyone welcome. He will live on in our hearts.

    Waqar Qureshi
  72. Stacey is remembered by his Harvard PMD80 class as well. He was also the ‘glue’ for this group, acting as class secretary and connecting many members (and spouses)through social media.
    We are grateful for Stacey’s humor and his quiet support during our family’s challenge with the big C. He was a beautiful, giving soul.
    Warmly,
    Bill & Sheila

    Sheila Taylor
  73. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I met Stacy at a dinner organised by the MIT Club of South Texas in 2018. We had the best Peking duck in Houston. He was so nice and happy. I didn’t even know he was fighting with cancer at that time. Rest in peace!

    Qing Xu
  74. I am deeply saddened by the news of Stacey’s passing. The MIT Alumni Club of South Texas will miss him, he was truly the cornerstone of the group.
    Condolences to his family

    Johan K. Norvik
  75. I am so sorry to hear the news of Stacey’s passing. I had the honor and good fortune to work with Stacey on the MIT Alumni Association Board where I greatly appreciated his spirit and hard work, and his drive to make MIT the best it could be for all applicants, students, alum, faculty and staff. I also greatly enjoyed our enthusiastic discussions of the multi-layered humor of “Rick and Morty”. Rest in peace my friend.

    Laurie Dean Baird
  76. I am so saddened to hear this. Stacey is so friendly with that smile every time I see him! My deepest condolences to the family.

    Haoshi Song
  77. I had the great privilege to work with Stacey at NASA and then had the great fortune to reconnect with him at my husband’s MIT events. Stacey was a wonderful person and I am greatly saddened by this news. He will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to all of those many people whose lives he touched.

    Kim Wilson
  78. All of us in the MIT community in Houston knew for a long time how great a friend Stacey was, and of his love and support of the Institute. I am happy that, through his service in recent years on the MIT Alumni Association Board, the wider MIT community got to know Stacey too. We were fortunate to have him here with us all these years, and everyone associated with MIT was fortunate to get to know him too. We will miss his cheerfulness, his dedication, and his presence.

    Greg Turner
  79. I am grateful to have known Stacey through the MIT Club of South Texas. He will forever be remembered as the face of the club for so many years, for many the first alum they met when coming to Houston, and the first to reach out when not knowing anyone. Stacey looked out for the club, everyone in it, and welcomed every alum and their family. My wife and family send our blessings to you and your family Stacey. Thanks for everything.

    Raul Valdez
  80. Stacey, you were my band mate in our rock band many rears ago. Through that you became my friend. You taught me how to properly drink Miso soup, you constantly demonstrated your loyalty and unselfish love for those who were so fortunate to call you friend. I miss you and will think of you often my dear friend.

    Armando Vazquez Jr.
    • Armando, and what a great band it was! Furthermore, you guys even provided a keg of beer for us attendees! LOL

      Mark Suchon
  81. Charlene:

    Life reassures us with its resilience, and stuns us with its fragility.

    In prayer for you, your father, and your family.

    Love Luke and Elizabeth

    Luke Nolan
  82. I was really saddened to learn in early 2019 that he was having to deal with cancer. Stacey was always like a mentor to those of us in the ASIA ERG at JSC, who were learning our way around. And even outside of the ERG, he just had that naturally ability to make other people more confident.

    Will miss having him there as a friend and sometime a confidant. His legacy remains in many of us and we will remember him often.

    Houston, Texas.

    Dr. Shamim Rahman, NASA JSC.
  83. I met Stacey in the early 90’s via the MIT alumni club. We then worked together on club activities. We also were friends. He’s been to our house, and when he had his appendectomy I was honored he called me from the hospital to come get his keys so I could feed his fish. I wish there was space here to share some humorous anecdotes about him. He was fun to be with, but more importantly, a very decent person. As will others, I’ll miss him greatly. My condolences to the Nakamura family.

    Mark Suchon
  84. I was saddened by the news of Stacey’s passing. I was honored to have worked with him a few times throughout my years at NASA.

    Prayers and comfort for family and friends of Stacey.

    Sue Reno, JSC NASA

    Sue Reno
  85. My condolences to all of Stacey’s family and friends on what would have been his 62nd birthday. He was a great friend a colleague for many years and I thoroughly enjoyed his company as he was interested in almost everything and was as good a listener as he was a talker. He was the ultimate professional at work and the ultimate fun guy when work was done. So long, my friend, I’ll see you on the other side of the river.

    Tom Raines

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