Stuart Baggaley was born on October 28, 1925, in Staffordshire, England. At the age of 16, he served in the Air Training Corps and at 18 enlisted in the Royal Air Force. He was trained as a radio operator. He served in the United Kingdom, Norway, Germany and Gibraltar.
After the war was over, Stuart was responsible for monitoring Russian radio messages, which were then passed on for decoding.
Stuart was discharged from service in December of 1947. He had difficulty finding work and took a job on a farm. He left the farm after a short time and took a position with the Allied Military Office, followed by a position with the American Embassy, and eventually with the Fulbright Foundation.
A gentleman he met at the Foundation encouraged him to immigrate to the United States. He found work at the University of Michigan as Administrator of Undergraduate Admissions. Stuart left the University to work at a local law firm. He returned to the University after five years as Administrator of the Department of Anatomy, retiring in 1990.
Stuart was married in 1947. He had one son who died at an early age. Stuart is extremely proud of his running trophies. He is an avid mah-jongg player, and instructor.