Armstrong A. Stambaugh, Jr., World War II naval veteran, Harvard
Business School instructor, oil company executive, restaurant executive, and a loving and beloved man, died peacefully of respiratory failure on January 27 near his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Mr. Stambaugh, who was known as Stam to family and friends, was born on
November 1, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the University School
in Shaker Heights, Ohio where he participated in varsity football,
swimming, and track, and graduated cum laude in 1938. He entered
Dartmouth College, was business manager of the school's humor
publication, the Jack-O-Lantern, and earned a BA in 1942. During World
War II Stam served as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy on the aircraft
carrier Kitkun Bay, where he earned a Unit Citation for combat action.
His war experience was a defining phase in his life. He was especially
proud of being part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which has been called
by some "the greatest naval battle in history". He wrote eloquently
about his naval experience in his contribution to the book, Dartmouth at
War. There, he observed that his story "deserves retelling if only to
impress upon my children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren the
fact that life as they know it has not always been honey and roses and
that my generation has had to put its life on t he line to preserve what
they have today".
After the war, Stam earned an MBA at Harvard Business School, where he
went on to serve as a research assistant and instructor of business
administration from 1946 to 1948. He then joined Gulf Oil Corporation,
where he worked until 1966, retiring as vice-president in charge of the
eastern marketing division. He then took a position with the Howard
Johnson Company, ultimately rising to executive vice-president and
director. He left the Howard Johnson Company in 1981 to start and
operate two family restaurants in the Boston suburbs. After his
retirement in 1989, he and his wife split their time between Weston and
Vineyard Haven (MA) and Scottsdale (AZ).
Among Mr. Stambaugh's many volunteer positions were director of the
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, trustee of Old Sturbridge
Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, member of the Board of Overseers
of the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College, and member of the Board of
Governors of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. An avid golfer, he was a
member of Paradise Valley Country Club (AZ), Pine Valley Golf Club (NJ),
Kittansett (MA), Weston Golf Club (MA), and Edgartown Golf Club (MA).
Stam was married to Janet Turley Marting from 1943 to 1958. In 1972,
he married Aagot (Ricki) Hinrichsen Cain. Ricki preceded Stam in death
on January 16, 2013. He is survived by his brother, Russell J.
Stambaugh; three daughters: Susan Beaton (Roy), Sally Huber (Michael),
and Elizabeth Warr (Michael). Also surviving him are two grandchildren:
Lauren Ewing and Hunt Huber (Carrie), three stepchildren: John Cain,
Carolyn Ware (Catesby), and David Cain (Janet); step-grandchildren Wendy
Cain, John Cain (Sarah), Leslie Cain, Catherine Kilduff (Patrick),
Nickolas Cain, Erika Cain, Adeline Cain, and Monica Cain; a great
grandson; three step-great-grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews.
Mr. Stambaugh will be buried in Linwood Cemetery, Boston Post Road,
Weston MA, in a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15,
2013. A noon reception at the Weston Golf Club will follow. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box
1748, Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568; Parmenter Foundation, 400 Boston
Post Rd, Suite 1A, Sudbury, MA 01776, or
, 1510 E.
Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Published in The Wayland Town Crier from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11, 2013