Stephen L. Stroud
January 11, 1951 – April 26, 2019
Dr. Stephen L. Stroud passed on April 26th, 2019, from diabetes. A man of wit, talent, and great intellect, he spent his life teaching music.
A graduate of both Davis High and Modesto Junior College, he graduated from UCLA, with degrees in music and conducting; followed by his teaching credential. In 1973, he was one of five to receive the "Outstanding Senior Award" from the alumni association. Next, he taught at Atascadero High and later Lynbrook High in San Jose.While at Atascadero, he began his masters program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In 1980, he became an instructor at the Modesto Junior College in the music department where he taught performance groups, conducting, music history, and music appreciation. Then, what began as a masters degree led to his doctoral degree in music education and conducting. He continued to conduct until 2004, but he stopped due to an injury.
As a teacher, he felt leadership roles were part of his commitment to his community:he served as president of the MJC Academic Senate, and as faculty consultant to the YCCD Board of Trustees. Moreover, he was an elected member of the Sylvan Union School District Board of Education for 16 years.
He taught music for 41 years; 35 at the MJC, retiring in 2015. In his retirement years, he traveled extensively, most recently returning from a trip to the British Isles. Besides travel, he was a great chef, an avid geneologist, an ethusiastic gardener, and a devoted animal lover. He survived severe asthma, a lifetime of diabetes, cancer and three broken limbs; yet, he continued to work and love as if he would live forever.
Stephen was predeceased by his parents: Lora and Alice (Dorrel) Stroud and his sister Sherri. He is survived by his sister Susan Stroud Cardona (Robert), and a lifetime of friends and family. The viewing will be on Friday evening, May 3, from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M..The service and the graveside service will be Saturday, May 4, at 11 A.M.. Charitable donations can be made to the Stroud Foundation at the MJC which helps students in the music program.
- George Shimel
- Scott Carlton
- Erik Maki
- Matt Cover
- Steve Grubb
- Matthew Cardona
- Visitation Friday, May 3, 2019
- Chapel Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
Stephen L. Stroud
May 4, 2019
I went to Davis High School with Steve and we were in Concert and Marching Band together. He was Witty and Funny with a Tad of Sarcasm. We would run into each other now and again since High School and would stop chat and catch up for a while. In 2011 I went back to MJC to take a few classes. In the Fall of 2012 I took a Music Class "History of Western Music" because Steve would be the Instructor. It was one of the best and interesting classes I had ever taken and definitley the most memorable. When a Student was not paying attention or being distracting Steve would stop mid-sentence and sarcastically point it out and then complete his sentence. I would catch it the 1st time but it took the guilty a few more times. I would find myself covering my mouth or my face with a book so no one would see me smile or hear me laughing, especially Steve.
My Prayers and Heart go out to his Family and Friends. He will be sadly missed, Linda Gardner