Stanley  Wagner


Dr. Stanley P. Wagner, 96, president emeritus of East Central University, died peacefully Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in his home in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
Born March 22, 1923, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Anna and Stephen Wagner of Ambridge.
A 1942 graduate of Ambridge High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and volunteered to be a paratrooper, 508th Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He was assigned to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, by the Army to study German and Russian languages.
He served from June 1944 until the end of the war with the 9th Air Force Radio Squadron, deployed on forward lines translating German radio conversations for SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters of Allied European Forces).
After the war, Stanley enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh under the GI bill, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees (1945 to 1949). After graduating, he taught at Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, from 1950 to 1953 before returning to the University of Pittsburgh to earn his doctorate.
Stanley taught at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, from 1954 to 1962, then Oklahoma City University from 1962 to 1968 before becoming a chancellor of the Minnesota State College System from 1968 to 1969. In 1969, Stanley was selected to be the president of East Central State College, Ada, where he remained until his retirement in 1988.
Stanley was selected to serve on the Presidential Commission of Foreign Policy from 1972 to 1975, under the Nixon administration. Stanley and former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller traveled the world together, studying the policies of many nations.
Stanley had a passion for higher education, reading, writing, traveling, tennis, music and dancing. He was the author of many books and publications and was always dedicated to his country and community politics and affairs.
He was proceeded in death by his wife of 67 years, Diana Mills Wagner; daughter, Dr. Kathleen Lawler Row; a brother, Edward; sister-in-law, Veronica; and brothers-in-law, Leo and Robert. Stanley is survived by a grandson, Andrew (Abbe) Lawler, Knoxville, Tennessee; a son-in-law, Stephen E. Row, Greenville, North Carolina; sisters Jean Beerman, Leetsdale, Pennsylvania, and Cecelia Cirka, Baden, Pennsylvania; a brother,John ("Peg"), Baden; along with many nieces and nephews.
The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the Kindred Hospice and its professional staff, along with Stan's dedicated and loving team of caregivers over the last 18 months, especially Shelly, Maria, Anita, Cher, Phil, Matt, Janet and Kathy.
Honoring his wishes, all services will be private.
Arrangements by Tatalovich Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 2205 McMinn St., Aliquippa, Pa. 15001.
Published on May 13, 2019
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3 posts

Pat Christensen
May 14, 2019
Jack and l had many enjoyable visits with Stanley and Diana.
Jack Paschall
May 14, 2019
The welfare of ECU students and faculty were always his highest priority .
Brett Wheeler , ECU ‘86
May 13, 2019
Rest In Peace.