Stanley C. Van Ness died in September 2007 at the age of 73. After serving as an assistant counsel and then counsel to Governor Richard J. Hughes and later as Public Defender for the State of New Jersey, Mr. Van Ness was named in 1974 by Governor Byrne to head the newly-established Department of the Public Advocate. He received his A.B. degree from Rutgers University and then served in the Air Force. After his discharge from the Air Force, he returned to Rutgers, graduating in 1963 from the Rutgers Law School and a year later was appointed as an assistant United States attorney until resigning to join the staff of Governor Hughes. He was a member of numerous professional organizations and previously served on the boards of The Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Jersey Central Power & Light Company. At the time of his death, he was a partner with the Princeton law firm, Herbert, Van Ness, Cayci & Goodell.
Interview on July 24, 2006 – Transcript available here (pdf)