Stanton P. "Stan" Thalberg (1932 - 2014)

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February 29, 1932 ~ August 2, 2014

Stanton P. Thalberg passed away in his Vancouver, WA home on Aug. 2, 2014, in the presence of his family, after experiencing 20.5 birthdays. He was born in New Haven, CT, and grew up in Plantsville, CT.
The achievement of his Bachelor's degree in Psychology was temporarily interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Air Force, where Stan served in the Intelligence Department during the Korean War. After a Master's degree in Educational Psychology, he earned a Ph.D. in 1964, also in Educational Psychology. All these degrees were obtained from the University of Iowa, where he was also an assistant professor of Educational Psychology and Rhetoric until 1965.
Stan taught Clinical Educational Psychology at the University of Washington since 1965, and was Chair of the University of Washington School Psychology Training Program since 1985, until his retirement as an associate professor in 1993. He was on inter-agency loan to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C. from 1980 to 1981, which provided background for him to become an evaluator for the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals.
In the 1960's, Stan participated in the Freedom Rider movement, for civil equality.
After building his first log house on Bainbridge Island in 1984, he built another one in Port Ludlow in 1993.
Stan volunteered for the American Red Cross and for FEMA, from 1995 to 2004, and functioned as a disaster mental health counselor, specialist, technician, and ultimately as an officer in charge of mental health. He attended over 50 large national disasters, including 9/11 (World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks), the Alaska Air 261 crash, and multiple floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires.
At the age of 62, Stan received his volunteer fireman credentials, and was certified by the Washington State Fire Academy in 12 skills. In 1996, he received his emergency medical technician (EMT-IV) certification. He was most proud of his volunteer work for the North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, the Poulsbo Fire Department and the Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue. He received an inspirational award from Jefferson County Fire Protection district #3, station #33 (Port Ludlow), in 1994, and was awarded the 'EMT of the Year' the following year. The Poulsbo Fire Department awarded him for his 'tireless efforts and contributions on special projects' in 2004-2005.
He also enjoyed woodworking, target practice, fly fishing, lure making, and attending the Mariners Spring Training as a fan.
Stan is survived by his sons, Steve Thalberg (Linda) and Mark Thalberg (Sandra); his daughter, Leslie Axelson (Jim); his wife, Marcia Ruskin; his step-sons, Seth Ramus (Lisa) and Joshua Ramus; his sister, Sue Bond; his grandchildren, Rebecca Khalil (Peter), Micalah Burgess (Blake), Jaellah Thalberg, Casey Axelson and Hannah Axelson; his great- grandchildren, Jaden Cox, Adrian Khalil and Evelia Burgess; his step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, Teri Oushani, Ian Oushani, Molly Ramus, Claire Ramus and Lilyblue Prince-Ramus; nieces, Robyn Fineberg (Eric), Marnie Harrison (Chad) and Nicole Braveman (Jonathan); and grand-nephew, Zachary Fineberg.
He will be missed.
Donations in his honor may be made to any of the above fire departments, or to the University of Iowa School of Education.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 24, 2014
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