Remembering Bryon Stookey, SCS’s First Executive Director

Byron Stookey, one of SCS’s founders and our first Executive Director, died April 12, 2024 in Brattleboro, Vermont. He was 90 years old.

Byron was born and raised in Manhattan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry and served for three years as a paratrooper and officer. He earned his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in teaching from Harvard University.

Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to serving others. His varied career included founding Harvard’s first student housing cooperative, contributing to the development of the University of California Santa Cruz, establishing an alternative public high school in East Harlem, and teaching world history to high school students. Fifty years ago, Byron was instrumental in founding SCS, which began as a senior center in a church basement. He was our organization’s first Executive Director.

To learn more about Byron’s remarkable life, you can read his obituary published in the Vermont newspaper, The Commons.

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