PRESTONSBURG – The community of Prestonsburg and the students and staff of Big Sandy Community and Technical College are mourning the recent passing of a beloved psychology professor Dr. Bill Loftus, who passed away on Monday.
Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) released the following statement regarding the passing of the legendary psychology professor:
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of Dr. Bill Loftus. For more than 25 years, Dr. Loftus impacted lives through a passion for teaching and an unwavering commitment towards his students. Dr. Loftus followed the principles of servant leadership and was influential in many projects at the college, including serving as advisor of our Phi Theta Kappa chapter for many years; sponsoring a soup kitchen for students; and working in the college’s community garden. Last month, Dr. Loftus was informed of his selection as the 2016 Advisor Emeritus for the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. His impact on higher education and community service has been integral to building young citizens for decades, and his legacy of servant leadership will continue through the many lives he touched. My wife, Judy, and I, along with the faculty, staff and students of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, send our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Loftus’ wife, Teresa, and their family.”
“He didn’t care much for meetings and the administration side of the community garden and green house, but on a pretty day, he would be out in the raised garden beds digging and working,” said BSCTC Professor Tammy Ball. “He didn’t mind to get his hands dirty.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.