Remembering Dr. Stander

On Monday, Dr. Norman Ellis Stander, associate professor emeritus of management and organizational behavior, passed away at the age of 78. Stander, who worked as a member of the Rider faculty for over 30 years, retired in 2001. During his time at Rider, he served as the chair of the Management Department, a management professor and the president of the local chapter of the AAUP.

Stander was born in Brooklyn and graduated from the City College of New York and Columbia University. He received a doctorate in industrial psychology from Ohio State University. A funeral service was held for Stander on Wednesday morning at the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton.

Political science professor Dr. Barry Seldes, who gave remarks at the service, took an opportunity to reflect on Stander’s contemplative manner in conversation.

“He always was a great listener,” Seldes said. “Whenever you spoke to him, he would listen carefully and reflect on it before getting back to you.”

Seldes said that, while he could not think of any specific stories about Stander, specific events were not what made knowing him so great.

“In all the years that I have known him well, it wasn’t stories so much as just talking to him, having fun,” he said.  “He loved jokes of irony. He was a very serious man, but he was funny.”

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