Robert Stanley, a resident of Armonk, NY passed away on March 2nd, 2014 at Northern Westchester Hospital after a brief illness. Born May 4, 1931 to Olga Zylick Stanley and Joseph Stanley in Mt. Vernon, NY, he was brought up in the Russian Orthodox faith of his mother. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, he attended New York University where he was an active member of the Glee Club, Chapel Choir, and AROTC. Throughout college, he was a head lifeguard, competitive swimmer and diver, and an avid skier. From 1953 to 1955 he served as a military police officer in Fort Dix, NJ, and then later as a court interpreter in Wurzburg and Schweinfurt, Germany. Upon his discharge from the military, he attended Columbia University (Teacher's College), where he earned graduate degrees in German, French, Guidance and Secondary School Administration. His first teaching position was in John Adams High School in New York City, and then worked the next nine years teaching French, German, Russian and English at White Plains High School. During this time, he was awarded scholarships to study in Germany, France and Quebec, Canada. In 1960 he was selected to be a group leader taking students to Minden, Germany for the Experiment in International Living. He also served as a part-time swimming and diving coach, as well as the leader of the school ski club. In 1966, he married Doris Dunker of Herford, Germany, after meeting through a mutual friend on her first day in the United States.
For the next thirty years he was a full-time guidance counselor at the school, while also working for fifteen years as an adjunct professor of foreign languages at Westchester Community College. Five years of this time, he also taught a course in scientific and conversational German for the Ciby-Geigy Corporation in Ardsley, NY. He was the founder and the president of Stanley Translations, a document translation company, and also wrote and published "Mr. Stanley's Guide to Better Scholarships." After retiring from White Plains High School in 1996, he became a teacher of English to the Foreign Born at the White Plains Adult Education School. He also taught French for two years at the Keio Academy in Purchase, NY. He spent two years researching a book on his family history, including his maternal side dating back to 1785 in the Carpathian Mountains, and his paternal side in Rochdale, England. He also greatly enjoyed classical music. For over twenty years, he was very involved in working with and being an advocate for the autistic and disabled populations.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, and his two sons, Robert Dirk Stanley, MD, and Marc Thomas Stanley, who is autistic.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Abbott House, Director of Autistic Services, 110 North Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533 or to: Westchester Association for Retarded Citizens, 265 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, NY 10523.
Published in the The Journal News on Mar. 6, 2014