Bucknell has a fine reputation for its attentiveness to and opportunities for undergraduate writers, largely in part because Jack Stadler '40 and his wife, Ralynn, loved poetry. In 1981, Stadler founded the Poet-in-Residence Program and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. In 1988, the Stadler Center for Poetry, which he funded, was dedicated. Former Professor of English John Wheatcroft '49 says that Bucknell's poetry center would not have been possible without Jack Stadler.
Stadler also was active in the Poetry Society of America since 1961 when he served as a board member. From 1964 to 1994, he served as the society's treasurer and received its highest honor, the Frost Medal, in 1984 for his lifelong dedication and service to literature. Elise Paschen, former director of the society, called him "a gentleman from another era ... elegant, kind and generous" and said, "He will be missed by many and leaves a glorious legacy in literature."
At Bucknell, that legacy is particularly rich. In its 23 years, the Stadler Center has brought some of the world's best writers to Bucknell — Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney, Molly Peacock, Donald Justice, Sharon Olds, Cornelius Eady and Maxine Kumin, to name a very few. The Stadlers also have left a great legacy in children's literature — their son, John Stadler '75, author and illustrator of more than 20 children's books.