Richard Stanley, Chair Emeritus of Stanley Consultants, Passes Away

RichardsStanley.jpgMuscatine, Iowa
- Stanley Consultants is deeply saddened to announce the death of Chair Emeritus Richard H. Stanley who passed away on Friday, November 17th following a brief illness. He was 85.

A highly respected professional engineer, businessman and world citizen, Mr. Stanley devoted his life to Stanley Consultants, the engineering industry, and the world in general. He was a consummate professional and a gracious and humble gentleman whose legacy is an inspiration to everyone.

Gregs Thomopulos, Chair Emeritus, who worked directly with Mr. Stanley for over 30 years, attributes his own career development to Dick Stanley and the primary reason he also spent his entire career with the company. “Dick was a great leader and unique human being whose values were an inspiration to all of us,” according to Thomopulos. “He never desired anything for his own personal benefit but rather wanted every employee to be treated the same as himself and other officers of the company. He truly cared about our employees above everything else.”

Mr. Stanley was introduced to the engineering profession by his father, the late C. Maxwell Stanley, one of the founders of Stanley Consultants. He joined Stanley Consultants as a design engineer in 1955 after receiving degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. After holding several management roles, he was elected Executive Vice President in 1967, President in 1971, and served as Chairman from 1984 until 2007, at which time he became Chair Emeritus. He retired in 2013.

Under Mr. Stanley’s leadership, Stanley Consultants prospered, growing to be Iowa’s largest engineering firm and among the largest engineering firms in the world. Business flourished with major U.S. and overseas projects enhancing the company’s reputation and associating Stanley Consultants’ name with client service, high work quality, ethics and integrity.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Stanley devoted his energy to strengthening the consulting engineering practice and its service to the public. He served on numerous boards and professional organizations; such as Chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies, President of the Iowa Engineering Society, and Chair of the National Construction Industry Council.

For his service and dedication to the engineering industry he was bestowed with numerous awards. Among the most notable are the Hoover Medal by the Hoover Medal Board of Award; the National Society of Professional Engineers Award, its highest recognition; the Diamond Jubilee Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and the Award for Citizen Diplomacy from the National Council for International Visitors.

“Dick Stanley was the role model and mentor to me who stands above all others,” said Gayle Roberts, Stanley Consultants’ Chair of the Board.  “He encouraged us to hold onto the Core Values that have been the center of Stanley Consultants over the years - to hold our clients paramount and to value our employees; goals that are larger than ourselves.  He encouraged us to welcome change in the sense of learning and adjusting in a way that builds a strong future for ourselves and our company.  He encouraged us to be resilient and to always take a long-term approach.  We will honor Dick’s legacy by continuing to hold true to these values and principles in our personal and professional lives.”

For decades, Mr. Stanley has also been instrumental in the work of the Stanley Foundation, a private operating foundation. He embodied the Foundation’s mission of seeking a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on global citizenship and effective global governance. Learn more about Mr. Stanley’s work with the Stanley Foundation.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Stanley on my recent appointment,” said Kate Harris, who was elected President and CEO in June. “We talked about the company that bore his family name and of which he was rightfully proud. A few weeks later I had an opportunity to share the guidance he gave me with our retirees in Muscatine, an event that was attended by both him and his wife, Mary Jo. I explained to the retirees that Dick simply asked that we always tell people what we do and what we have achieved. This seems fitting of the leader that helped shaped Stanley Consultants into the global engineering firm that it is today. A quiet, humble reminder of our role in supporting our clients, communities and employees to help make the world a better place.”