Bobby Loyd Stafford, MD, age 82, of Amarillo, TX, died February 19, 2020 surrounded by his family. Born September 13, 1937 in Matador, TX, he was the oldest son of the late Loyd Wesley Stafford and Tommie (Berryman) Stafford.
A philanthropist, a Red Raider and an Orthopedic Surgeon in Amarillo for nearly thirty years, Bob was well-respected in his multiple roles. He was the “reddest” of all Red Raiders, as a dear friend once labeled him. He took great pride in the multiple boards he represented at Texas Tech University. Most importantly, his role as a Texas Tech Board of Regent. From the time that he graduated from undergraduate school at Texas Tech, to the day he passed, he continued to support his beloved university. His contributions and input were well respected.
During his time at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he served in the Army National Guard, 49th Division, 72nd Brigade and had achieved the rank of Captain at the end of his military service in 1970.
Bob had many hobbies that included ranching, golfing and watching Texas Tech sports. His most important hobby was ranching. Taking great pride in carrying on what was so dear to his parents, he converted his family’s farmland to ranchland in the early 1980’s. He spent years growing his cattle herd and enjoying his time on the ranch.
As a dedicated surgeon, Bob leaves a legacy in the world of Orthopedics. He pioneered scoliosis surgery in Amarillo in 1971. He has a successful record in operating on over 3500 total joints in his 30-year career. As Chief of Staff, Bob led the way in the merger of St. Anthony’s Hospital and High Plains Baptist Hospital in 1989, today known as (BSA) Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital. He served on the boards of both BSA and St. Anthony’s and was Chief of Staff several times.
Among his many accolades and achievements:
Member of Phi Delta Theta, Texas Tech University 1955-1958
Active alumnae of Phi Delta Theta 1958-2020
Chapter President, Phi Rho Sigma Medical Fraternity 1964-1965
Secretary, Medical Staff, High Plains Baptist Hospital 1974
Secretary, Medical Staff, St. Anthony’s Hospital 1975
Treasurer, Texas Society of Athletic Team Physicians 1975
President, Medical Staff, St. Anthony’s Hospital 1977
Member, Regional Admissions Committee, American
Academy of Orthopedic Surgery 1983-1989
Member, Board of Trustees, Amarillo Country Club 1984-1987
Member, Foundation Board, Clarendon Community College 1992-1995
President, Medical Staff, St. Anthony’s Hospital 1993
Member, Board of Trustees, St. Anthony’s Hospital 1992-1996
Member, Board of Trustees, Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital 1996-1998
Amarillo Chairman, Texas Tech Horizon Campaign 1999-2002
Republican Precinct Chairman, Precinct 124, Potter Co. 2000-2006
Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation Board 2000-2003
Member Amarillo Steering Committee, Perry for Governor 2002 and 2006
Member, Chancellor’s Council, Texas Tech System 1999-Present
Member, Texas Tech System Board of Regents 2004-2009
Chairman, Audit Committee, Texas Tech Board of Regents 2005-2007
Chairman, Carr Foundation Board, Angelo State University 2007-2009
Chairman, Search Committee, Texas Tech
Health Science Center President 2007
Chairman, Search Committee, Texas Tech President 2008
Member, Search Committee, Texas Tech System
Investment Officer 2008
Member, Amarillo Community Health Advisory Committee 2008
Chairman, Search Committee, Texas Tech VP for Research 2008
Member, Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health Board 2008
Member, National Institute for Renewable Energy,
Texas Tech Board 2012-2015
Chairman, Amarillo Hospital District Board of Managers 2012-2015
Texas Tech Athletic Council 2011-2020
Chairman, Craig Senior Living Cottage Association 2016-2018
Bob was a mentor, a father to three children, and granddad to six grandchildren. He set examples and rules for his family. The two rules that he felt were most important he lived by and expected the same from all: 1. Always be honest 2. Always use your manners. He was the type of man that planned and followed through with everything he did. He never left anything undone.
While this is the end to a truly extraordinary life, it is not the end of his legacy. Bob will live in all of us in the ways he impacted us, as well as in our hearts, minds and souls.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Diana Stafford, and their three children, Greg Stafford of Amarillo, Gwen and husband, Kelly Neal of Amarillo, and Cheryl Clinch of Frisco, Texas. Six grandchildren; Caden Edwards, Lauren Clinch, Audrey Clinch, Carter Stafford, Jay Stafford and Tom Stafford. A brother, Richard Stafford, and a sister Shirley Gilliam, and many loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial services for Dr. Bob Stafford will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on 1601 Georgia St., Amarillo, Texas, 79102. Burial will be private. We invite friends to visit with the family after the memorial service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, BSA Hospice of the Southwest, or the Texas Tech Foundation.