A&M Swimming & Diving Program Loses Dear Friend

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COLLEGE STATION -- Long-time swimming official and friend to the Texas A&M athletic department Bob Stallings passed away following officiating the Speedo Junior National Championships in Indianapolis on Thursday.

Stallings was a staple at Texas A&M swimming & diving events long before the university opened the Student Rec Center Natatorium. He attended A&M in the late 1960’s, graduating in 1970. He swam for four years for the Aggies for both coaching legend Art Adamson as well as Pat Patterson.

Stallings, a semi-retired financial advisor, was a big supporter of all
sports at Texas A&M as evidenced by his continued support of the Maroon Club which provides support to all of the Aggies’ women’s athletic teams. He also was the treasurer for the local club team, Aggie Swim Club, for many, many years.

Bob was both passionate about Texas A&M and passionate about the sport of swimming and he combined those loves into many years of service as the Aggies’ head starter at meets. Not only did Bob officiate A&M meets but served in that capacity for many other schools as well as at many USA Swimming club meets around the state. Stallings prided himself not only on doing a professional job as a meet official but on the performance of the Aggies’ teams and the people that made them up as well.

Tentatively, a viewing will be scheduled for Tuesday with a funeral taking place on Wednesday in the Bryan-College Station area. Complete finalized arrangements will be posted at KBTX.com when when made available.