R. Stanton Avery

By all accounts, R. Stanton Avery was a gentle man. His family remembers him as down-to-earth, soft-spoken, a good listener, and unfailingly polite – traits not usually associated with the entrepreneurial personality. The inventor of the first commercially feasible self-adhesive label machine, Stan founded Avery International which, since merging with Dennison Manufacturing Company in 1990, is known as Avery Dennison. His personal philosophy of promoting individual endeavors guides the grantmaking of the family foundation he and his first wife, Dorothy Durfee Avery, founded in 1960, the Avery Foundation (later renamed the Durfee Foundation). But, above all, it is the values that he and Dorothy instilled in their children and grandchildren that give the Durfee Foundation its defining spirit today.