This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, John Walter Stanford who was born on March 22, 1927 and passed away on February 23, 2011. We will remember him forever.

A memorial service will be held on March 12, 2011 at 11:00am at the Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Posted by Judy Vasconi on February 23, 2018
Will miss you forever Uncle John. You are one in a million. Love you the most......
Posted by Ken Anusavice on February 24, 2015
John inspired me to dedicate a part of my career to the development of dental standards. He has left a positive lasting memory with me of his dedication to dentistry and to his family and colleagues.

Ken Anusavice
Posted by walter stanford on February 23, 2015
Dad, you live on through your greatest gifts; children and family. We do what we can for our children and the family to continue to honor this. Miss you every day. Brent
Posted by walter stanford on March 22, 2014
Today is your birthday, happy birthday to you dad. Love, you son Brent
Posted by walter stanford on February 24, 2013
Thank you dad for your love, strength, and presence in our lives. Rembering the way you lives your life will continue to inspire us forever. You will always be in our memories so live on forever in our hearts. Miss you dad
Posted by Margo Sargent on February 23, 2013
Two years! I am so glad Dad is home in Heaven. He is waiting for all our family and friends and wants us to be there with him some day. 
Love you Dad!
Posted by Margo Sargent on March 22, 2012
The other night I heard you calling me from the base of the stairway in our home in Northbrook just like you used to with your patient voice. I still hear it.
We just returned from Maui where I have so many fond memories of you and the trips we took together.
I'm so happy you now have a perfect body and perfect peace in our Lord, Jesus Christ. You were so brave!
Posted by Michelle SargentLeask on March 22, 2012
I remember sitting at the kitchen table and watching Grandpa making banana pancakes , they where the best ! I miss you Grandpa Love your Granddaughter Michelle
Posted by Michael Orecchia on February 28, 2012
On February 22 i was in Chicago for the Mid-Winter Meeting and i thought of the many friends i had made throughout my time in the dental business. I thought of the many activities i was involved with during the Chicago Meeting and i did take time to think about the many dinners at the Stanford home. Thank you John and Joan for your friendship.
Posted by Philippe Calfon on June 10, 2011
On behalf of French delegates who had the pleasure to work with John at ISO TC 106 meetings, I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family, and a warm support to Sharon
Posted by Supattra Adisorn on April 26, 2011
On behalf of Thai Industrial Standards Institute, I would like to express the condolences to his family.
Posted by John Tesk on April 21, 2011
I met John Stanford after entering the dental industry and participating in dental standards activity; he became a friend/mentor. He had the standards work so well planned that he made it fun. I offer condolences to Joan and his entire family.
Posted by Steven Jefferies on March 15, 2011
I have not forgotten how John Stanford, with kindness and patience, helped me in ISO/TC 106. His stature within organized dentistry was without question. He will be missed by all of us. Sincere condolences to Sharon and John's entire family.
Posted by Edward Santucci on March 14, 2011
I met John Stanford when I first became associated with the dental industry in the mid seventies. His dedication,enthusiam and personable nature encouraged me to become involved with the standards setting process where I witnessed the tireless efforts of John's army of volunteers. My condolences to his family. Ed Santucci, DENTSPLY/Caulk
Posted by Thavalyarat Holasut on March 13, 2011
It was such a great honor working with Dr. Standford in ISO/TC106 meetings.
All of us from Thailand appreciated his dedication and contribution to bring about a standard development. The dental professions are indebted for his hard work resulting in higher standard dental materials benefiting our patients. He will be missed by his colleagues around the world.
Posted by Juanita Poore on March 11, 2011
Rest in peace, Uncle John.You are on your final trip to Heaven.When your Sister passed, my Mother, your love and strength were a loving support for me and my family.
Juanita Poore
Posted by Nicole Pechamat on March 11, 2011
I would like to express my sincere condolences to Mrs John STANFORD, Sharon STANFORD and the family.
Posted by Richard Geary on March 8, 2011
I want to thank Dr. Stanford for giving me my first and only professional job. I have a 38 year tenure with the American Dental Association and have accrued many skills that go beyond the halls of the University of Illinois. I am deeply indebted to Dr. Stanford for giving me this opportunity.
Posted by Akihiro Inagaki on March 7, 2011
John was a great world leader in the development of international standards for dental products. Thanks to his warmhearted and enduring encouragement and support, the “ISO/TC106 Japan” has grown up to be quite visible on the global scene, for which we are very grateful. He will be long remembered here in Japan.
Mitsuo Okubo & Akihiro Inagaki
Posted by Hidetaka Yoshikawa on March 7, 2011
We had a great honor of working with Dr. Stanford in ISO/TC106 activities.
Especially, his support to Japanese delegates has been highly appreciated. He will remain in our heart forever.
Hidetaka Yoshikawa,
Chairman, Japan Research Council on Dental Products (Japanese National Committee for ISO/TC106)
Posted by Mitsuo Okubo on March 6, 2011
When the Japan Dental Association started to be more involved in the global dental community in early 1970’s, John was very supportive by giving us invaluable advice about how to positively participate and efficiently contribute to the FDI committees as well as ISO/TC106. We appreciate his great guidance and very much miss him.
Mitsuo Okubo,
President, the Japan Dental Association
Posted by Carolyn Van Eck on March 6, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Joan and the entire family on the passing of Dr. Stanford. John was a great support to GC and helped us achieve our ISO Certification. He was very successful with his career and specifically the remarkable contributions made at the ADA developing Standards that the worldwide dental industry could rely on. His friendship to GC will be truly missed.
Posted by P L Fan on March 5, 2011
John Stanford was an enabling supervisor, a patient mentor and a friendly colleague. The encouragement and support he provided me as CDMIE staff were influential in my work on standards as well as national and international science issues.
Posted by Robert Ahlstrom on March 4, 2011
John inducted me to the "Standards" group at the ADA and showed what integrity, hard work, and ethics meant. What a great individual and he and his family know that he started a legacy (professionally and personally)that will live on. Truly a bright star in the night and he is in a much more comfortable home now.
Posted by Michael Orecchia on March 3, 2011
I was saddened to hear of John's passing and my thoughts are with Joan and his children. I worked closely with John both during his time with the ADA and later when he came to GC as a consultant. My fondest memories of John are the dinners he hosted for the GC family. When I think of John I will always remember the man who helped me understand and better appreciate the work of the ADA
Posted by Jiro Masuda on March 3, 2011
John was a great mentor to me since the late sixties.
He kindly introduced me to many interesting international venues such as
FDI committees, and ISO/TC106., and gave me priceless advice
throughout the years. 
The Japanese dental community has been greatly benefited from his willingness to share information and help others.
We will miss him very much.
Jiro and Kumiko Masuda
Posted by Jack Mitchem on March 2, 2011
John brought me out of "volunteer retirement" from the ADA in 1980 to serve on the Council for Dental Materials,Instruements and Equipment. I then spent the next 26 years volunteering in the field of Standards development. Thanks so much for the opportunity John and,of course, for all your contributions to International Standards.
Jack Mitchem, Portland, OR
Posted by Clive Ross on March 1, 2011
It was with a sense of sadness and loss that I learned of John's passing. he was a fine man,courteous, a man of humility, dedicated to his family and always a gentleman. He was a role model for those with whom he came into contact 
In my association with him through FDI,he was there with quiet advice and a willingness to serve.He will be missed by friends and colleagues around the world.
Posted by Dennis smith on March 1, 2011
John Stanford will be remembered for his contribution to the development and systematization of dental materials.His work as Chair of ISO TC106 brought structure and organization to the appraisal and testing of materials , instruments and equipment which resulted in improved standards for clinical practice and thus to better dental health of patients worldwide.
Posted by Jean Narcisi on March 1, 2011
We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May your memories give you strength. Jean, Rick, Nick and Mia Narcisi
Posted by marcia greenberg on February 28, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Joan and her family. John was an amazing man and made many contributions to dentistry. I worked with him for many years at the ADA. Marcia Greenberg
Posted by Judy Vasconi on February 28, 2011
I have known you my whole life, Uncle John. You are the
most funny, loving, supporting person I have had the
pleasure to know the last 66 years. I didn't see you often but you were always in my heart. I will miss your
soft voice and soft ways.
Posted by Heinz A Erni on February 28, 2011
I had the priviledge to know John in many functions in the FDI during my Presidency. His contributions were very much appreciated and I thank him for his support. Heinz A. Erni
Posted by Wayne Wozniak on February 28, 2011
I had the great honor of working with John for some fifteen years at the American Dental Association. The advice and counsel he gave me regarding the ADA Acceptance Program and other Association activities was invaluable to me. His dedication and perseverance in the development of national and international standards for better patient care in dentistry is unmatched.
Posted by William Brantley on February 28, 2011
Our deepest condolences to John's family. It was my pleasure to observe John's expert guidance in dental specifications and standards for many years. He has left us with many wonderful memories and worldwide contributions.
Posted by Dorin Ruse on February 28, 2011
My sincere condolences to Sharon and the family.
Posted by Glen Johnson on February 28, 2011
So many word-wide have benefited from the many initiatives John Stanford successfully undertook during his illustrious career with the ADA.  I am so grateful for these accomplishments, and also for his kind, nurturing manor in mentoring so many of us in dental science and the politics of organized dentistry. He was a scholar, teacher and gentleman. Glen Johnson, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Posted by David Mahler on February 28, 2011
I've known John for more than 50 years and when discussing the ADA Specification Program, his name immediately comes to mind. His dedication to the important contribution he has made to this program has promoted the availability of the best materials for use by the Dental profession with the ultimate benefit being to people receiving dental care, both nationally and internationally.
Dave Mahler
Posted by Satoshi Tosaki on February 27, 2011
The first time I met John was May in 1984 and then he supported me a lot during my stay at CDMIE Lab for one year. I had been enjoying meeting Joan and John every year at the ISO/TC106 Dentistry meeting until his retirement from the meeting. His contribution to the development of international standard for dental products was great and not to be forgotten.
Posted by arthur d on February 27, 2011
Arthur A. Dugoni lit a candle on 27th of February 2011

"As president of the ADA and a trustee in the 1980's John was a valuable contributor to the development of international standards for dental materials. A true scientist he led the field and was a remarkable source of information and innovation."
Posted by Helmut Heydt on February 26, 2011
Helmut Heydt:
I was introduced to John by Harold Hillenbrand in 1967;subsequently we worked in close harmony on ISO TC 106.
Ellen and I remember John and Joan with great fondness.
Posted by Michelle SargentLeask on February 26, 2011
Grandpa John was an amazing man. He was one of the first people who saw me take my first steps and say my first words. I will always miss him. I love you grandpa John!
Posted by Ken Anusavice on February 26, 2011
We are fortunate to have shared many positive experiences with John that were related to ADA and ISO activities. His advice and recommendations to us on development of ISO TC 106 international dental standards made our tasks less stressful and the process more efficient. We are grateful for the talent and expertise that he shared with us.
Posted by Stephen Bayne on February 26, 2011
John was key to my experience in working with the ADA. As a graduate student at Northwestern, John was one block away and continually supportive. He always had time for me. He is part of the reason that I became involved in the ADA's efforts for standards and dental materials testing. His smile and energy will always be part of my memory. Stephen Bayne, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Posted by Ramon J. Baez on February 26, 2011
I met John in the late sixties when I started working at the ADA; soon I recognized his vast knowledge and leadership abilities. He made remarkable contributions to the standards development field, both nationally and internationally. I learned much from him. We have included him and his family in our prayers. Ramon J. and Martha Baez
Posted by An-Shih Cheng on February 25, 2011
As a novice to dentistry when I joined the ADA, John was incredibly supportive. His passing will be missed by many throughout the world.

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Posted by Judy Vasconi on February 23, 2018
Will miss you forever Uncle John. You are one in a million. Love you the most......
Posted by Ken Anusavice on February 24, 2015
John inspired me to dedicate a part of my career to the development of dental standards. He has left a positive lasting memory with me of his dedication to dentistry and to his family and colleagues.

Ken Anusavice
Posted by walter stanford on February 23, 2015
Dad, you live on through your greatest gifts; children and family. We do what we can for our children and the family to continue to honor this. Miss you every day. Brent
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Shared by walter stanford on February 25, 2017

Here for others, never quit.  Thanks Dad

Lunch with Dr. Stanford

Shared by Maria Perez on March 2, 2011

Dr. Stanford was such a nice person to work for, and a wonderful example in everything he did. I could say I have many good memories of Dr. Stanford.  One in particular I believe stands out to me. I remember when I first started 20 years ago, Dr. Stanford would have lunch on occasion with a beautiful woman.  She would come to our floor enter his office, turn around to look at me, smile and wave hello and shut the door.  One of my responsibilities was to answer the phones and I remember speaking to his wife on the phone and she would always ask me “How are you, and how is your family?"  I thought to myself, "She sounds so sweet" time went on, I started to get a little disturbed because I watch this beautiful woman come visit him and have lunch with him in his office with the DOOR CLOSED.  I was a new employee, so of course I thought it was strange that no one else thought it odd that this pretty woman was coming to have lunch with him.  Then one day after he finished his lunch, he walked out of his office with her, and towards my desk, both of them were smiling, I tried to not look disappointed because I kept thinking how sweet his wife sounded on the phone “and now he is going to introduce me to this pretty lady”.

Finally, Dr. Stanford said "Maria, I'd like you to meet my wife “Joan”" with such a proud and sweet look on his face....well needless to say by the look on my face, I had to confess to him, that I thought that the Beautiful woman entering his office to have lunch with him, was his girlfriend and how could he have a girlfriend when he had such a sweet Wife.  I don't know if Mrs. Stanford still remembers it, but I know on that day we laughed.  I believe that I am still working at the ADA today, because I only thought of asking him WHY?   After that, with great joy, I greeted Mrs. Stanford (Joan) every time she came to visit Dr. Stanford. 
His passing will be truly missed by those who also knew him as a kind, compassionate, and caring person.
My deepest condolences to Dr. Stanford’s family.
Maria Cedillo-Perez
American Dental Association

The Ericksons

Shared by Scott Erickson on February 28, 2011

I have good memories of John from my interactions with him years ago.  He was very personable and kind to me.  In fact, I have a cute story about John.  For many years, as I attended standards meetings, John would ask me how my father was doing.  I would tell him that my father was doing well and we would move on.   Years later, as we were talking, we discovered that John thought Bob Erickson, former Clinical Manager from 3M Dental was my Dad.  Bob and I are not related, we just have a lot of Scandinavians in the Twin Cities.  John & I both had a good chuckle.  

My thoughts and prayers are with John's family.

Scott Erickson

3M ESPE Dental Products