Alan and Billie Staller

Alan and Billie Staller

The Paul D. Staller ’97 Writing Tutors Endowed Fund was established by Billie and Alan Staller, of Margate, in memory of their late son, Paul. Paul graduated from Stockton with a bachelor’s in Communications Studies and worked as a tutor in the Writing Center while pursuing his degree. A plaque featuring Paul’s biography, written by Pamela G. Cross, coordinator of the Skills Center Writing Lab, hangs outside the door:

“Paul Staller (Communications ’97) earned legendary status when he was a tutor here at Stockton’s Writing Center. Paul had many gifts as a tutor: a keen mind, a gentle spirit and a renowned ability to connect with everyone he met. Paul Staller made us laugh and learn, and he brought us together.

After Stockton, Paul Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School but remained a writer at heart. Paul was living and working in Los Angeles, writing comedy, when he died suddenly in 2014. To honor Paul’s memory and his commitment to helping students develop as writers, the Staller Family established the Paul D. Staller ’97 Writing Tutors Endowed Fund, which provides financial support for tutors at the University Writing Center.

We are grateful to the Stallers and their friends for their generosity and honored to have Paul live on with us in J-105.”

To date, the Writing Center receives and serves approximately 2,000 student visits each semester, and about 15-20 students work as tutors. All are recommended by professors and undergo training.