Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Dr. Stanley Stark

May 3, 1928August 4, 2019

Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, New York, Stan was born May 3, 1928 to Dinah and Jacob Stark. He attended elementary school at P.S. 90, Wade Junior High School and Taft High School. Stan entered City College of New York at age 15 and earned his B.A. and M.A. there; he took his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Cincinnati in 1954. After two years in the U.S. Army and marriage to Joanna Merle Warner (Portage, Ohio) on February 19, 1955, he received another master’s degree in labor and industrial relations at the University of Minnesota.

Joanna and Stan had their first child, Joshua, in 1957, and they moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where Stan served as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois from 1957-1961. They had their second child, Benjamin, in 1960. In 1961, they moved the family to Michigan where daughter Miriam was born in 1962 and Stan taught in the Management Department of the Business School of Michigan State University. In the 1970s, he pioneered a class on diversity called “Men and Women in the World of Work.” In the 1980s, he created a course in Japanese Management to meet the state’s growing relationship with the Japanese automotive industry. Stan retired in 1993.

Wife, Joanna; sons, Joshua (Diane), and Benjamin (Dawn), and daughter, Miriam (James Bayman), and grandchildren, Rachel Kohl (Nicholas Pangallo), Elijah Stark, Aleana Bayman, and Talia Stark survive and mourn the loss of Papa Stan’s smile and dry wit.

Memorials may be made to McLaren Hospice of Lansing, 2815 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 4, Lansing, MI 48910 with gratitude for their compassionate care or to City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031 which served as the foundation of Stan’s career.

Arrangements are being made with Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home and services will be held at their East Lansing Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River, Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Okemos.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.greastlansing.com


  • Josh Stark
  • Ben Stark
  • Elijah Stark
  • Talia Stark
  • Aleana (Meimei) Bayman
  • Robert Warner


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Dr. Stanley Stark

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Martha Bibbs

August 7, 2019

Dr. Stanley Stark was an outstanding professor, neighbour and friend. We will miss that warm smile, wit and occasional dance partner. We share in your sorrow. Sorry we cannot attend the services. Please know that we offer our sincere condolences and we will stay in touch.
Much love, Coach and Martha

Michael Moch

August 6, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Stan led a life of caring and integrity, and he enlightened countless students. We all will think of him fondly.
Michael Moch
Retired Professor of Management
Michigan State University

Sam, Mina and Tina Saboury

August 5, 2019

Dear Joanna and the distinguished Stark Family;
With heartfelt sorrow and sincere sympathy please accept our deepest condolences in the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather! Stanley will be missed greatly for his love and joy for life gave not only his family, but whom ever got the pleasure of knowing him the positive attitude that he carried and brought to all he encountered! It was with honor and great respect to have known this great man, teacher, mentor and scholar!
Love all you dearly and hear for you always!
The Saboury Family

Deena Oshins Newell

August 5, 2019

Dear Joanna,
I am so heartbroken for you and your family. Thank you for letting me know. I really loved the relationship Stan and I developed, albeit, only by phone. He was such a mensch. I will miss our chats greatly, birthday calls, and mail correspondences.
May your darling Stanley rest in peace.
Hopefully he and my pop have reconnected and have lots to talk about. 😢
Forever in my heart.💔