Calvin H. Stoney to Retire

Posted June 27, 2017 ·

Calvin H. StoneyGonser Gerber LLP announces the upcoming retirement of Calvin Stoney, a Partner in the firm.  On August 4, 2017, Cal will be retiring after 38 years of distinguished service to his clients and the firm.  A celebration of his career will take place at a formal reception following the firm’s Annual Conference on August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois.  Attendees at the Annual Conference are welcome to join us. 

Cal was born in Morris, Manitoba, Canada and raised on a farm.  He attended Carroll University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, continuing his education to complete his Master’s Degree at the University of Central Missouri.  Later in his career Cal received an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding work in the philanthropic sector from Lincoln Memorial University.

Cal joined the firm, then known as Gonser Gerber Tinker Stuhr, as a consultant for development and public relations in 1979.  Prior to joining the firm, Cal worked in higher education advancement at Marquette University as Chief Development Officer, Lawrence University as Director of Development, Vanderbilt University as Associate Director of Development, and Westminster College as Director of Public Relations where he also served on the faculty in Speech Communications.

Over the last four decades, Cal provided consulting services to a wide variety of higher education institutions, independent and Catholic schools, healthcare institutions, and not-for-profit organizations.  (View the list of clients served by Mr. Stoney.) His expansive knowledge and experience in communications and public relations, all aspects of fundraising, and Board development allowed his clients to achieve phenomenal fundraising results and build stronger advancement programs.  His impact on the field of Advancement through his counsel, writing, speaking, and mentoring has been transformational to his clients and advancement professionals, and leaves a legacy of excellence with our firm.  The breadth and depth of clients Cal served is reflected in his extensive client listing.

In retirement, Cal plans to spend more time with his wife Judy of 56 years, his three children (Cheryl, Laura, Beth), and their 10 grandchildren.  In addition, Cal will remain active in his community of Elgin, Illinois and will follow his beloved Chicago Cubs on what he hopes are many additional World Series Titles.

Gonser GerberLLP and our clients have been richly blessed by the long and effective service of this man of character and integrity.  Thank you, Cal, for being such a dedicated and talented consultant for our firm and for being the ideal Partner with which to share our business of philanthropic advancement.  May the road ahead be filled with joy and love.

If you would like to express your appreciation to Cal or send your best wishes, you may email him at or send a congratulatory card to our office.