R. Stanton Avery

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Ray Stanton Avery
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BornJanuary 13, 1907
DiedDecember 12, 1997 (Aged 90)
Other namesStan Avery Stan the Sticker Man
EducationBachelor of Arts, Pomona College, 1932
EmployerAvery Dennison Corporation
Known forInvention of the resealable sticker, philanthropic donor, trustee of nonprofit organizations
Spouse(s)Dorothy Durfee (c. 1932 – 1964 (her death))
Ernestine Onderdonk (1965 – 1997 (her death))

R. Stanton Avery (January 13, 1907 – December 12, 1997) was an inventor,[1] most known for creating self-adhesive labels (modern stickers). Using a $100 loan, and combining used machine parts with a saber saw, he created and patented the world's first self-adhesive (also called pressure sensitive) die-cut labeling machine. In 1935 he founded what is now the Avery Dennison Corporation.[2][3]

Avery served as chairman of the board of trustees of California Institute of Technology, and was a member of the board of trustees of the Huntington Library and the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.[4][3]

Avery House at Caltech is named for him.

Early life[edit]

Ray Stanton Avery was born on January 13, 1907, in Oklahoma City. Avery lived in a rented chicken coop and worked at the Midnight Mission as a clerk in order to put himself through college.[5]


After dropping out for a year to live in China, Avery graduated from Pomona College with a humanities degree in 1932.


Stan Avery donated generously to educational and arts institutions. He was known for philanthropy in Southern California, having supported the California Institute of Technology, the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art and the Huntington Library.

In 1996, Avery created Avery House at Caltech, a residence housing undergraduates, graduate students and faculty,

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Avery, R. Stanton". American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "A History Shaped By Values". Avery Dennison. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "R. Stanton Avery 1907–1997". Engineering & Science. California Institute of Technology. 1997.
  4. ^ "R. Stanton Avery, 90, Inventor and Producer of Self-Sticking Labels". The New York Times. December 22, 1997.
  5. ^ R. Stanton Avery (1997-12-13). "R. Stanton Avery; Label Firm Founder". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-01-12.