ARMONK, N.Y. - Robert Stanley, a resident of Armonk, died March 2. He was 82.
Stanley was born May 4, 1931, to Olga Zylick Stanley and Joseph Stanley in Mt. Vernon. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, he attended New York University where he was a member of the Glee Club, Chapel Choir, and AROTC. Throughout college, he was a head lifeguard, competitive swimmer and diver, and a skier. From 1953 to 1955 he served as a military police officer in Fort Dix, N.J., 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.
For the next 30 years he was a full-time guidance counselor at the school, while also working for 15 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. 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. For over 20 years, he was involved in working with and being an advocate for the autistic and disabled populations.
Stanley is survived by his wife, Doris; and sons, Robert Dirk Stanley, MD, and Marc Thomas Stanley.
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.