DR. STANLEY C. DIAMOND, 80, beloved husband and soul mate of Beverly (Abel) for 52 years, loving father of Dr. Gary Diamond (Rivi) and Jodi Finkel (Dr. Len), adored Bebop of Ross, Gabby, and Harrison Finkel and Orian and Yahel Diamond. A lifelong educator, including sixteen years as teacher and director at Akiba Lower School where he was fondly referred to as "Mr. D"; Founder and Director of the Mill Creek School at the Institute of The PA Hospital. He enjoyed thirty-two years at summer camps in various roles.
Stan was active in the Civil Rights Movement. He founded the local chapter of Congress of Racial Equality, and participated in sit-ins and other acts of protest including marches in Washington. He was involved in Freedom Rides and founded the Coordinating Council for School Integration which was an extensive coalition of local organizations designed to end segregation in the Philadelphia schools. He was on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council. He was one of the first recipients of the Sylvia Cohen Award for intergroup work in the community. Together with John White, Stan co-founded the Mt. Airy Coalition for Youth. In 1983, he organized the first Northwest Interfaith Movement (NIM) celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which has remained an annual celebration in the community. Stan also participated actively in the Interfaith Hospitality Network which was housed at Germantown Jewish Center. Stan was a member of the executive committee of the Interfaith Coalition for the General Welfare working with the homeless and needy. Most recently, he was the recipient of the Rev. Richard R. Fernandez Religious Leadership Award to honor his extensive volunteer work in the interfaith and civil rights communities.
Stan thoroughly enjoyed bicycling and tennis. He was an avid traveler visiting over seventy-five countries, prize winning photographer, and an accomplished author. He published many articles on education and travel and recently published a book on third world travel entitled, "What's an American Doing Here?"
Stan was most proud of his loving wife and cherished children and grandchildren. His goal in life was to leave this world and those people he touched better off for his having existed.
His family would like to thank Dr. St. John Sutton and Dr. Edward Stadtmauer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvaia and the wonderful staff on the second floor at the Perelman Center For Advanced Medicine for their kindness, love and excellent care.
In his loving memory, donations may be made to the organization Doctors Without Borders or the
Funeral services will be held at GOLDSTEIN'S ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS, 6410 North Broad Street, Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 16, at 1 P.M. Shiva will be observed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the residence of Jodi and Dr. Len Finkel, Lafayette Hill, PA .