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Jan.13, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 7


Stanley B. Pleninger ’50

Published in the Jan.13, 2010, issue

Stan died Aug. 29, 2009, in Anchorage, Alaska. Descended from old frontier stock, his ancestor, Ebenezer Babson, was an early settler of Cape Ann, Mass. More recently, his grandfather, Albert Babson, worked in Menlo Park, N.J., for Thomas Edison.

Stan attended Exeter and served in the Navy before coming to Princeton. He majored in economics, was a varsity swimmer, and belonged to Tiger Inn. After a variety of jobs, he entered Washington University Law School in St. Louis and graduated in 1960. He became a member of the Arizona, Missouri, and Alaska bar associations.

Stan’s business career included training with Merrill Lynch in New York City, prospecting for uranium on the Canadian shield, corporate employment with Canadian minerals firms in Calgary, and management of a securities brokerage in Phoenix. In 1977, he moved his family from Phoenix to Anchorage, where he pursued mining and land-development interests, as well as law.

A family member said, “Stanley will be remembered for his irrepressible optimism, quick wit, and deep affection for family.”

Our sympathy goes to his wife, Diane; their son, Brooks; his son, Locke, and daughter Dana; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Andrea.

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