Helen R. Stambaugh was born in Campbell, Ohio. She graduated from Lowellville High School in 1938 and from Youngstown College with an associate degree in business in 1944. She began working for Stambaugh Hardwood Lumber Company in 1944 as an office manager and administrative assistant to the president, staying there until 1969.
During Mr. Stambaugh's semi-retirement, Mrs. Stambaugh had full authority in making management decisions. After leaving the lumber company, Mrs. Stambaugh worked for 14 years for two separate retirement communities - Park Vista, where she became executive director, and then in the same capacity for the Lutheran Retirement Center until 1979. She has been involved with Park Vista's Apple Butter Festival since its inception over 35 years ago.
Mrs. Stambaugh is involved in community service with the YWCA; where she served on the Women of the Year Committee. She served as President of the Staff Club Chapter of the Federation of Women's Clubs; Treasurer of the Quota Club of Youngstown; as a member of the boards of the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center and the Salvation Army as well as serving as the Treasurer of it's Women's Auxiliary. Mrs. Stambaugh serves on the Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). She is also a member of the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation Board, serving on its Planning and Communications Committee.
Mrs. Stambaugh is Treasurer of St. John Lutheran Church, where she is an active, dedicated member.
Youngstown State University is grateful for the generosity of Helen Stambaugh and her many contributions to the University and to the community.