BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Earl R. Stanley, 92, a retired communications lawyer, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Brentwood.
Mr. Stanley was born in 1921 in Windham. He graduated from Windham Public Schools in 1939 as class valedictorian, from Kent State University in 1943 with a bachelor of science degree in education and from the George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., in 1949, with a J.D. degree with honors and in 1950 with a master's degree in Law.
He was admitted to the practice of law before the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1949 and before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1955. He served as a attorney on the staff of the Federal Communications Commission from 1949 to 1953 and was partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Dow, Lohnes and Albertson from 1954 to 1983, when he resigned to become partner in the firm of Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer and Quinn where he continued to practice until his retirement in December 1994.
Mr. Stanley was a veteran of World War II. He enlisted as an interim midshipman in the United States Naval Reserve in October 1942 while in college, was subsequently ordered to active duty, was commissioned an officer and served until mid-1946 in the U.S. Navy with 15 months duty in the Pacific Theatre.
Mr. Stanley was a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association for more than 45 years and was elected its president in 1981. He became a member of the Washington, D.C. Broadcast Pioneers in 1969 and was chairman of the Washington chapter from 1979 to 1981. A national officer in the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity from 1961 to 1973, he was elected to serve as its national chancellor from 1971 to 1973. He received Kent State University's School of Speech Distinguished Achievement Award in 1970, the Diamond Crown Badge of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity in 1973 and the Washington, D.C., Broadcast Pioneers Chapter Award in 1998 for distinguished service to broadcasting.
He is a life member of the George Washington University Law Association and a member of Kena Temple (Shrine), the General William Smallwood Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, First Families of Ohio, the Windham High School Hall of Fame, an Honorary Life Member of Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md., and a charter member of the Oceana Country Club, Shelby, Mich.
Mr. Stanley lived with his wife, Alberta Royal Stanley, in the Washington, D.C., area from 1946 to 1999 when they moved from Potomac, Md., to Brentwood. Alberta preceded Earl in death on Aug. 15, 2012.
He is survived by his two daughters, Ann S. Leonard of Bethesda, Md., and Margaret S. Massari of Brentwood; three grandchildren, Thomas Charles Leonard, Andrew Stephen Leonard and Alison Irene Massari; and one brother, Fred A. Stanley of Newton Falls.
As a veteran of World War II, Mr. Stanley will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Brentwood Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 9010 Church St. East, Brentwood, TN 37027, 615-373-3040.