Robert Stanger was the son of longtime Elmhurst professor Christian Stanger. Born in 1900, he graduated from Elmhurst in 1918. Following graduation, Stanger attended Eden Theological Seminary, graduated in 1921, and was ordained to the ministry that same year. He received a B. D. degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1922and an M. A. degree from the University of Chicago in 1923. Ministries included Grace Evangelical and Reformed in Chicago (1923-1930), Bethel Church in Detroit, Michigan (1933-1948), and Bethany Church (1948-1957) in Chicago. Coincidentally, Stanger succeeded well-known theologian Reinhold Niebuhr at Bethel and Dr. Henry Dinkmeyer at Bethany Church. In 1957, Stanger accepted the presidency of Elmhurst College and served until 1965.
Stanger married Juel Wolf, who was raised in Chicago and attended Northwestern University. She died in 1998 at the age of 87.
Papers include biographical information, correspondence, programs, publications, clippings, and an inauguration scrapbook (disbound and refoldered