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December 16, 2017


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Mary Jo Stanley (1934-2017)

Director Emerita
Director 1984-2001

The Stanley Foundation notes with great sadness the passing of our longtime board member and Director Emerita Mary Jo Stanley. Mary Jo joined the foundation’s board of directors in 1984 and served in that capacity until being named a director emerita in 2001. She served for decades as a co-host of Stanley Foundation events, welcoming diplomats, officials, and scholars from around the world to international conferences on significant issues of peace and security. Mrs. Stanley died December 14. She was 83.

Her death comes just four weeks after the loss of her husband and founding board member Richard H. Stanley. On December 20th, Dick and Mary Jo would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary

Beyond her work with the Stanley Foundation, Mary Jo was dedicated to community involvement and was a voice for justice, equality and acceptance. She served as chair of the Cable Television Commission when cable was first established in Muscatine and as a board member of the Muscatine Art Center Support Foundation, the Muscatine Center for Social Action, and others.  She was instrumental in the creation of the Muscatine Area Aids Coalition. Mary Jo had a tremendous love for the arts - theatre, dance, music, film, and fine art. Over time, she and Dick became enthusiastic supporters and patrons of individual artists and of arts programs in Muscatine, at the University of Iowa, and elsewhere in the state.

Stanley Foundation President Keith Porter said, “Mary Jo’s many contributions to the world and the foundation, among them her kindness and humanity, will continue to have a lasting impact on our work.”

“Mary Jo believed deeply in the power and importance of personal relationships,” said Stanley Foundation Board Chair Brian Hanson.  “She connected with people across cultures, religions and beliefs to develop a shared sense of humanity and mutual caring. Her example continues to shape and guide the foundation in its work. Mary Jo will be missed greatly.”

Mrs. Stanley’s obituary:

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