Stan And Dorothy’s Story
The Early Days (1960-1986)
The Durfee Foundation is animated by the can-do spirit of founders Stan and Dorothy Durfee Avery. They created the first commercially feasible self-adhesive label and founded the Fortune 500 Company known today as Avery Dennison.
Before Stan became a successful inventor and business leader, he was an adventurer whose travels to revolutionary China made a lasting impact, and a tinkerer whose youthful experience with a printing press led to his now-ubiquitous invention. Stan recognized the potential of his idea, but needed capital to start a business. Dorothy, his new bride, kickstarted the family business with a $50 bank loan, using as collateral the Model A Ford she paid for with her earnings as a school teacher.
Stan and Dorothy started the foundation in 1960. Sadly, Dorothy died prematurely in 1964. Stan and Dorothy’s three children, Judy, Dennis, and Russell, joined the board soon after. Robbie Macfarlane was hired in 1979 as the first executive director.