Mission and Ministry
Alumni Living the Mission

David and Stan Lance

  • Living Magis is an odyssey, a process, a continuing evolution.

    At Marquette University High School, my alma mater, Jesuits provided students a solid foundation for a life of continued learning and service. The Jesuit emphasis on service and developing the total person helped mold an attitude that engages me each day. However, after Jesuit high school and university, I put aside the daily examination, reflection, and meditation that Jesuits had ground into me. Life happened as I leaped headlong into the demands of marriage, parenthood, and career building. I neglected the basics.

    Certainly, many among Jesuit educated alumni retain the discipline learned from our Jesuit mentors as they progress through their adult years. For others, we wavered as life’s challenges derailed us from our training and took precedence. As we transition through the different stages some, like me, are eventually compelled and drawn back to the basics. We reconnect with what we had learned as young people and we reengage.

    Now I once again endeavor to meditate daily each morning and evening on the quest to fully understand who I am and my place in the cosmos. I currently mentor graduate students at the Albers School, assist elderly relatives and neighbors, remain “on call” to family and friends, and volunteer at Jesuit Alumni Service Days. During my banking career, I endeavored – not always successfully – to “listen more, talk less” and focus more on client and customer needs. Perhaps in some small way this illustrated an attempt to add value and “do more” –  Magis?

    Now retired, I strive daily to “listen more, talk less”, grow attentive to the needs of others, and act like a gentleman (I was raised in Wisconsin!).

    The odyssey continues. It is a never-ending process.

    Stan Lance
    Marquette University High School, 1963
    Marquette University, B.A., 1967
    University of Washington, M.A., 1972; M.B.A., 1975

    Last December, I had the honor of treating my dad to lunch to celebrate his retirement.  He taught me to work hard, read more, pursue excellence, love sacrificially, and wear a blue blazer. In other words, stay current—trust the classics.

    Jesuits educated my dad. They educated me too.  Marquette and Seattle University encouraged me to commit to a life of learning and embrace cura personalis—care for the whole person.  

    I live Magis by giving of my time, treasure, and talent—be it volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s legal clinic, hosting a dinner party, serving the local church, calling mom, supporting my neighborhood coffee shop, or practicing law at Seattle University.  What a gift to tie my professional career to the mission of empowering leaders for a just and humane world!  

    During my time in the academy as a student, staff member, and adjunct professor, I have grown in my love and appreciation of the Gospel and how it cares for the whole person and leads to a life of learning.  It has for me.
    “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

    David Lance
    Marquette University, 2002
    Seattle University School of Law, 2007
  • David Lance (Marquette, '02 & Seattle U, '07) and Stan Lance (Marquette, '67)