Stanley M. Cole, 89, architect of ballpark

Stanley M. Cole
Stanley M. Cole
Posted: March 16, 2013

Stanley M. Cole, 89, a principal in the firm of EwingCole and chief architect of Citizens Bank Park, died Tuesday, March 12, of complications from pneumonia at Paoli Hospital.

Joseph T. Kelly, chairman and chief executive of EwingCole, remembered Mr. Cole as "a great leader and a good person. We are all indebted to Stan for the opportunities he helped provide for us. He will be sorely missed."

Mr. Cole began his career in 1948 after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in architecture and engineering.

He joined the New York City firm of Harrison & Abromowitz and helped design part of the United Nations Headquarters.

He then moved to Bristol as in-house architect for the chemical company Rohm & Haas. The firm was planning to build a corporate headquarters facing Independence Mall.

Mr. Cole worked as project manager with architect Alexander Ewing on the headquarters. In 1964, Mr. Cole joined Ewing's firm, Alexander Ewing & Associates, as managing partner.

A decades-long relationship begun with the Phillies in 1964 culminated in EwingCole's being chosen to design Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.

The Phillies have been a EwingCole client for about 50 years, team president David Montgomery said. When it came time to build a new stadium, he said, "Stan himself was quite involved, and, as always, paying great attention to the details."

The two became friends, Montgomery said. "He would give you the impression he was all business, but in a social setting, he couldn't have been nicer."

Kelly, of EwingCole, said: "In 1964, Alec Ewing convinced Stan Cole to join his company. Together they built one of the leading architectural and engineering firms, both in Philadelphia and nationally."

Mr. Cole became president of the company in 1970 and later became chairman and CEO until 1990. He never retired, Kelly said.

Mr. Cole was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1924. As a boy, he loved baseball and flying. At nearby Floyd Bennett Field, he would hitch rides on the sightseeing airplanes that swooped around the Statue of Liberty.

He served with distinction in the Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945, flying 58 combat missions in New Guinea, including raids on Rabaul in November 1943. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and three Bronze Battle Stars for service with the Fifth Air Force.

He took up golf in the 1960s and was a member of the Old York Road Country Club and Pine Valley Golf Club.

He was married for 29 years to the former Nadene Carey. They met through work.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Bradley; daughters Jackie Prosser and Stacey Tormollan; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, 2475 St. Peters Rd., Malvern. A reception will follow at the church. Interment is private.

Contributions may be made to Phillies charities through http://atmlb.com/ZLfc1V.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 215-854-2611 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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