Stanton W. Mead
Inducted September 5, 1986
In recognition of more than 60 years of dedication to the paper industry and Wisconsin forests. A pioneer in industrial forestry, he has been on the board of Consolidated Papers, Inc., since 1927. He retired as Chairman in 1971.
He was instrumental in the founding of Tree for Tomorrow, Inc. and keenly interested in education, civic projects and youth programs including the Boy Scouts of America.
More about Stanton W. Mead:
Stanton W. Mead, former president and chairman of Consolidated Papers, Inc., Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, was born in Rockford, Illinois, in 1900.
Following his graduation from Yale in 1922, Mr. Mead began his career in the paper industry when he joined Consolidated. He was elected a director in 1927 and has been on the Board continuously since that time. As an executive, he served the company as treasurer for nineteen years and as vice president for eleven years. He was president and general manager from 1950 to 1966 and chairman of the board from 1968 to 1971.
Throughout his career, Mr. Mead had a keen interest in conservation programs in Wisconsin, particularly in the field of forest management. He was instrumental in the founding of Trees for Tomorrow, Inc., a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin paper and power companies dedicated to the advancement of reforestation in Wisconsin. He advocated and fostered sound forest management techniques within the Consolidated Paper Company to provide sustained yields from company managed lands.
In 1959, Mr. Mead was the motivating force behind Consolidated’s gift of 20,000 acres of land in Wood, Portage, and Marathon Counties to the State of Wisconsin, for wildlife conservation purposes. Known as the Mead Wildlife Area, this gift came about as a result of Mr. Mead’s interest in conservation and his understanding of the potential value of this area to the entire state. His conservation efforts were recognized in 1968 when he received a special conservation award from the State of Wisconsin.