Hall of Fame Member Profile
Dr. Robert O. Stafford
Dr. Stafford was a beloved and respected teacher and administrator at MTHS. A life-long resident of Montville, Dr. Stafford attended Tuskegee University from which he graduated with a B.S. in Commercial Science in 1949. In 1963, he received his Elementary Education Certificate from Newark State Teachers College now Kean University. In 1964, he began his teaching career in Montville as a teacher in Central School (now Lazar Middle School). In 1972, Bob joined the high school staff as Administrative Assistant. In 1974, he was promoted to Vice Principal, a position he maintained until his retirement.
During his tenure at MTHS, he was part of the first Drug Abuse Council and conceived and mentored Project ink-Up. There was never a program or affair at the high school that Dr. Stafford did not support with his presence, help, and guidance.
Dr. Bob’s main interest was the success of the students at MTHS. He was always there for “his” students. Each day students could be found in his office, not for discipline but for counseling, advice, assistance with a project or just plain “rapping.”
Dr. Stafford was a member of the Rotary Club of Montville and also ran the family’s paving business. Dr. Stafford is survived by his wife, Johnie May, their children and many grandchildren.
Dr. Stafford passed away on August 23, 1997. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman whose main goal as an educator was to “have each student achieve his or her greatest potential.”