Distinguished Alumni


M. Burns Stanley

M. Burns Stanley was born in McClure, Virginia, May 19, 1920.  He attended junior high and high school in Bluefield, Virginia, but graduated from Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1937.

After two years at Frostburg State Teachers College, he transferred to LMU where he became active in numerous organizations.  He was associate editor of Blue & Gray (the LMU newspaper), associate editor of the Railsplitter yearbook and a member of the Tau Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  In 1941, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Mr. Stanley earned the master’s degree in history from Emory University in 1942.  He then entered the Marine Corps and soon found himself fighting in World War II, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received in critical battle engagements.  Mr. Stanley later retired as a marine colonel.

He received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1950 and a master’s degree in law from Wayne State University Law School in 1959. Mr. Stanley was hired as assistant attorney general for the State of West Virginia in 1949 and in 1951 he went o n to work for Ford Motor Company as an attorney.

In his 31 years of service as an attorney at Ford. he was  instrumental in developing guidelines for state taxations of large businesses.  He was the founding member of the Committee on State Taxation and served as president of International Tax Executives Institute.  He also served as an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University from 1957-77.  He was  a speaker on state, local, federal and international taxes before numerous organizations, including the American Bar Association, Canadian Tax Foundation, United States Tax Foundation, California Taxpayers Association and the Michigan Bar Association.  His biography has appeared in both Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.