Edward Valentine Stanford, O.S.A.
Father Edward Valentine Stanford, a native of
Boston, Massachusetts, entered the Augustinian Order in 1917 after
completing three years at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He
was ordained in Philadelphia by His Eminence Denis Cardinal Dougherty on 10
Father Stanford's first assignment was to Villanova College, in 1923, as
teacher of Descriptive Geometry. Later on he assumed the duties of chaplain
of the College. After nine years as chaplain he was appointed the 23rd
President of Villanova College. In 1940 he was elected President of the
Association of American Colleges. Noted as an administrator, he served
during World War II as an advisory-board member of the War Manpower
In 1944 Father Stanford was appointed Prior and Rector of Augustinian
College in Washington, D.C. It was during his term there that he helped
organize, and acted as secretary of, the Catholic Commission for
Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, a group of learned and famous Catholic
scholars. In 1950 Father Stanford moved to Archbishop Carroll High School in
Washington, D.C., as the schools' first Principal and Superior of the
Augustinian Community there. He was principal there for nine years.
In 1959 Father Stanford was assigned to Saint Mary's Hall, Villanova,
Pennsylvania, and was given the opportunity to devote his time to
educational pursuits and writing. Father was the author of several books
including A Guide to Catholic College Administration. He held honorary
degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Saint John's University, Loyola
University of Chicago, and Boston College.
At the time of his death, he was serving as an administrative consultant to
the Association of American Colleges. Father had been attending a Board of
Trustees meeting at Biscayne College in Opa-Locka, Florida, and was
preparing to return to Philadelphia, when he took ill and died at the
Rectory of the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord in Dania, Florida, on
17 February 1966 at the age of 69. He is buried at the Augustinian Community
cemetery at Villanova University.
Source: Necrology of the Augustinian Provinces of the
United States of America
(Revised, May 2000).