McMurry University Names Colby Stone ’97 As 2013 Spirit of McMurry Award Winner

colbyABILENE, Texas – Thomas Colby Stone ’97, a software engineer from Oklahoma City, OK, has been named the winner of the 2013 Spirit of McMurry Award given by the McMurry Alumni Association Board of Directors.  The award is presented each year to alumni who have graduated within the last 20 years and who have shown excellence in their profession and in service to their community.

Stone began working as an Embedded Software Engineer for The Boeing Company immediately following his graduation from McMurry.  In the 16 years since, he has worked in the B-1b Bomber avionics software group as well as the B-2 Bomber weapons software group.  In 2000, he was named the lead of the B-1b executive software group.  As the lead of this group he was in charge of the operating system used for the avionics software on the B-1b.  In 2003, he moved to the B-2 program and became the B-2 Weapons Software Lead.  In 2005, he was promoted to the B-2 Integrated Project Team Lead, with responsibilities including monitoring software, requirements and testing of the B-2 weapon system.  In early 2011, he was promoted to Software Manager and now manages the B-2 teams he previously worked on.

Stone has been very active with his church in Oklahoma City, United Methodist Church of the Servant.  He was active with the Celebration Ringers hand bell choir and the Celebration Orchestra on tuba, trombone and percussion.  When his son became old enough to attend WOW (Welcome on Wednesdays, the church’s preschool-5thgrade youth program), .Stone took on the volunteer role of group leader and guides a group of 5-10 spirited preschool/kindergarteners through the evening’s activities. He has also served as the camp Games Leader for our church’s Kidz Camp held for a weekend over the summer.  Stone is an inaugural member of the Fit to Serve Car Seats for Kids program – a group of leaders in the church who took the time to become certified in car seat fittings.  This group hosts events at Church of the Servant for car seat fittings and gives away car seats to those families who need them.  This has been an outstanding new ministry in the church due to the commitment of these individuals.  Stone has also served on the church’s Board of Advisors and is active with the 2×2 Sunday School class and Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study group.

Through his workplace, Stone has been the point person for his team for the Boeing Food Drive, the Books & Backpacks program and the Boeing Employee Community Fund. He also volunteers with his son’s Cub Scout group.

Stone and his wife Martha, a 1998 McMurry graduate, continue to maintain a strong connection to McMurry.  He has attended every homecoming since graduation and was one of the main reasons his niece (who will graduate this December) chose to attend McMurry.  He has served on the Science and Math Advisory Board (SMAB) since 2004 and has served as co-chair of the Technology Committee of the Science Building Capital Campaign.

While at McMurry:, Stone was involved in Makona Men’s Social Club, the Indian Band, APO Service Fraternity, the Student Ambassador Board and St. Paul United Methodist Church.

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