ORLANDO – It is with the deepest sorrow that OUC announces that former General Manager Curtis H. Stanton passed away earlier today at the Mayflower retirement community in Winter Park. He was 93.
“On behalf of the employees at OUC, I want to express our deepest sympathies to Mr. Stanton’s family,” said Ken Ksionek, OUC General Manager & CEO. “Mr. Stanton was a guiding force at OUC for three and a half decades and his leadership and vision built OUC into the strong utility it is today. He will be missed.”
Mr. Stanton joined OUC in 1947 as Assistant General Manager and upon the passing of then-GM Martin Brown a short time later, Stanton became OUC’s new leader at age 29. He would remain at the helm of OUC for 35 years, turning the local utility into a powerful player in the electric and water utility industry. In his honor, OUC named its state-of-the-art power plant in east Orange County the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center.
During his tenure, he oversaw the construction of the Lake Highland Plant, a power and water plant that would come online in 1949, and the Indian River Plant in Brevard County in 1960.A trailblazer whose relationship building skills enabled him to forge valuable partnerships with organizations both large and small, Stanton was instrumental in forming entities like the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group (FCG) that benefited not only citizens of Orlando, but people throughout Florida.
Under his leadership, OUC’s water system was upgraded from surface water to well water, and coal and nuclear power were added to the generation portfolio to ensure that OUC could uphold its mission of providing customers with reliable, affordable and sustainable power. He also made sure that OUC power plants were built with the best available technology at the time of construction and were among the most efficiently run generation units in the country.
Born in Key West on June 3, 1918, Mr. Stanton graduated from the University of Florida in 1940 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and was hired by the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York, before joining OUC.
Stanton was very active in the local community, as well as in national water and electric trade associations. As president of the American Water Works Association, he represented that group on a visit to President Jimmy Carter in the White House in 1979. The AWWA honored Stanton as the Florida Section “Man of the Year” in 1970 and with its Distinguished Public Service Award in 1982. He was president of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) in 1959. He also served as the president of the Orlando Area Chamber of Commerce and was awarded its prestigious John Young Award in 1979 for distinguishing himself in his field and bringing national acclaim and public notice to Orlando. That same year the University of Florida presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 1990, Junior Achievement named him a Hall of Fame Laureate for his work with the non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Mr. Stanton was also a past director of the Rotary Club of Orlando and the local chapter of the American Red Cross and a past member of the Orange County Cerebral Palsy Association's Board of Directors and Rollins College Advisory Committee.
Mr. Stanton is survived by his daughters, Claire Stanton Sutton of Tampa, Gail Stanton Colman of Winter Park and Kathryn Stanton Jennings of Orlando, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
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