The Dean and Zoe Pappas Visiting Scholar Series

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                              A Conversation with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

The Dean and Zoe Pappas Visiting Scholar Series

As an undergraduate college student at Dickinson College in 1961, Stockton University Trustee Dean C. Pappas underwent “a transformational experience” when he heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak to the student body. “Until that point I was sort of drifting my way through college, but Dr. King’s message was very impressive. It made me start to think more seriously about my future. Basically, his message was to act responsibly. It was a moment that changed my life.”

Mr. Pappas, a member of the Stockton University Board of Trustees since 2006, wanted students at the University to have similar access to outstanding visiting scholars. To that end, Mr. Pappas and his wife, Zoe S. Pappas, have donated $1 million to establish the Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Visiting Scholar Endowment Fund. The Pappas Visiting Scholar Fund will be used to bring noted scholars and thought leaders to the University for classes, workshops and public events.
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Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired), Associate Justice, was born in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 1930. She married John Jay O’Connor III in 1952 and has three sons - Scott, Brian, and Jay. She received her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford University. She served as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, California from 1952–1953 and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany from 1954–1957. From 1958–1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona, and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965–1969. She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in1969 and was subsequently reelected to two two-year terms. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. President Reagan nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat September 25, 1981. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006.


Justice O'Connor's presentation was recently held in the Sports Center on the Galloway campus of Stockton University. Over 3,000 students, faculty, staff and community members were in atttendance at this remarkable event.