Partner John Donovan, Husband Howard Coron

Queer Places:
107 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001
456 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13210

Stanley Raiff (1930 – July 19, 2011) and his husband and long-term partner, Howard Coron (1932- 2016), Professor Emeritus of NYU's Steinhardt School of Education, lived at 456 W 25th St, New York, before moving at #107. Raiff’s previous companion of 14 years was author John Donovan (1928–1992). Donovan said that the relationship between Davy and Altschuler in “I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip” was similar to that of the author and Stan Raiff. The couple owned a pair of dachshunds on which Donovan almost certainly based Davy’s pet Fred, a central figure in the book.

Stan and Howard were together for 41 years. Stan was an entrepreneur and his greatest love was the theatre. At 18 he went to Syracuse University and got both a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Speech and Hearing and Teaching English to secondary students. At Syracuse University he had a childrens' theatre company. He produced two long running TV series, The Tinker Shop and Through Childrens' Eyes for which he won a regional Emmy. Stan then went on to be a special teacher in Virginia for three years. Here too he had a TV and radio program.

In his twenties he produced and directed in summer stock, regional theatres and in New York City at the Theatre de Lys. Stan then became a business person. His positions among others included being the director of publicity and promotion for North and South America for Alitalia Airlines and the editor and writer for the European Travel Commission. Educational programs for schools sponsored by major corporations followed for which he won industry awards. Stan went back to producing educational programs. His Catskill IDEA program, an after school program was considered by New York State officials as one of the best in the State.

Stan was deeply concerned about abused children and animals throughout his life. He wrote for many newspapers and magazines and also wrote a travel book for children going to Europe, called "Get Ready, Get Set, Go" published by Random House.

On their 25th anniversary Stan and Howard had a Jewish Commitment ceremony and were married in 2007 in Vancouver, Canada.


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