Des Moines, Iowa
Stan Thurston has exhibited a lifelong dedication to service. A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran who earned the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in 1971, Thurston’ commitment to improving the lives of others has been a lifelong mission.
Thurston, who earned a master of business administration from Harvard University in 1974, is the retired president, CEO, and board chairman of Life Care Services. He began his tenure at Life Care Services in 1977 as director of project development and spent 29 years in service to the company before retiring in 2006. He earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Seniors Housing Association in 2007.
Thurston has also been incredibly active with Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and Foundation as an alumnus, including service to the Iowa State House Corporation from 1978-2013 and leadership roles on the Grand Council of the National Fraternity Board of Directors, Foundation Board of Directors, and Board of Advisers. He received the fraternity’s Delta Beta Xi award for sustained alumni service in 1977, its Distinguished Service Award for lifetime service in 2000, and its Distinguished Merit Award recognizing professional success in 2007.
Other organizations that have benefited from Thurston’s leadership and generosity are Anawim Housing, LifeQuest Ministries, the Nature Conservancy of Iowa Board of Trustees, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Thurston has been a member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Iowa Leadership Council since 2007 and was a member of its national board of directors from 2014-2016.
Thurston, who has been a member of the ISU College of Design Advancement Council since 2005, is an Order of the Knoll Campanile Society and President’s Circle member, as well as an ISU Alumni Association life member, along with his wife, Dotty (’00 marketing).
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