Stanton Jay Jonas
January 29, 1929 - January 29, 2024

Funeral Information

January 31 2024 - 11:00 am
Beth Shalom Cemetery, 1501 Anderson Road, Shaler Township, PA 15209

STANTON JAY JONAS: Stan Jonas passed away, at age 95, at Masonic Village of Sewickley, where he was surrounded by family over the last several days. He was predeceased by his siblings, including his beloved sister Nellie Shulgold, and by his first wife Rhoda Fisher Jonas. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and his sons Scott, Joel (Patty Stamler) and Ed (Jackie); granddaughters Chloe Jonas and Rachel Stamler-Jonas, and great-granddaughter Eliana Harrison.

He graduated from Pitt's School of Pharmacy, and was then Chief Pharmacist / Staff Sergeant at Honshu Airbase in Japan. When he returned stateside, he worked for Thrift Drugs, quickly transforming a slow Johnstown store into the second highest-performing store in the chain. He initiated the first pharmacy at the Allegheny County Health Department. He was Pharmacist coordinator for the 1970 "Rubella Sunday" vaccination campaign, then the largest single-day immunization program by injection in the United States. After obtaining his Masters in Public Health at Pitt, he became health administrator for the Clack Health Center. In later life, he was President of the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association, chaired the Poison Prevention Committee, promoted Project Bundle Up, and volunteered in many other settings. From 2005 until this past year, he was curator of the Grimm Pharmacy Museum at Pitt.

"Dad" and "Grandpa" was always an indefatigable force of nature, whose bywords for many years were "no problem" and "can do." While he had many professional accomplishments, he was above all, a loving family man.

Graveside Service and Interment will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 11 AM at Beth Shalom Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. 


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Stan will be missed by so many. I always enjoyed seeing him at the Pitt Pharmacy School and admired his dedication to the Grimm Pharmacy Museum. He was truly a pharmacist leader. Rest in peace Stan.

By Kim Coley - February 06, 2024

Stan was a real mensch who we will miss. He was a great stepfather and enthusiastic grandfather to my daughters, who when they were young knew him as Grandpa Sweetie, because he called them Sweetie. Stan was a dynamo. When my kids were young he built them two generations of playhouses. He was proud that he completed each of them in a week and they came in way under budget (Home Depot has a lot of leftovers that they can’t sell but that he could creatively use). It was great that he was an upbeat part of our lives for so many years.

By Ralph Goldstein - February 02, 2024

It was such a pleasure to know and work with Stan. He was an outstanding pharmacist in so many venues — and even a better person. Thank you, Stan, rest in peace.

By Randy Juhl - January 31, 2024

Dear Ruth, you have my deepest sympathy on Stan’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with you both At the Clubhouse. Please remember to take care of yourself. If you need anything, please feel free to call me. Fondly, Joy Gifford

By Joy Gifford - January 30, 2024

I had the great fortune to work with Stan for 15 years in the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He was a wonderful, patient, and friendly man. I missed seeing him regularly after the pandemic and was always happy to catch up with him when he did make it into Salk Hall. It's not often you meet such an accomplished person who remains so humble. Stan was one-of-a-kind and will be missed by many.

By T.J. Pile - January 30, 2024

Because of Stan starting the Allegheny County Health Department Pharmacy, I am now able to lead pharmacy efforts with ACHD. He had a vision for public health pharmacy! <3 -Joni Carroll, PharmD, Pitt Pharmacy Class of 2015

By Joni Carroll - January 30, 2024

Joel, Patty, Rachel, and all the Jonas family, I am deeply sorry to learn of Stan’s passing. By all accounts, he was beloved. Sending you my heartfelt condolences and virtual hugs!💔 Love, Marguerite

By Marguerite Schervish - January 30, 2024

Ruth I am so sorry to learn of Stan’s passing. May his memory be a blessing

By Joan Stein - January 30, 2024

I send my deepest condolences to your family. I pray God give peace and comfort to you daily. God bless and keep you. Dr. Marla Johnson Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

By Dr Marla Johnson - January 30, 2024

I had the pleasure of working at Pitt Pharmacy with Stan and he was such a sweet, kind man. My heartfelt condolences on your loss.

By Cheryl Sorensen - January 30, 2024