In Carver's words:
Stanton, "Stanty," as he was affectionately called, did all
within his power to enthuse, and inspire in me the science of plane geometry, but, having
such poor material to work with, his efforts were not crowned with very brilliant success,
which of course was not his fault.
Prof. Stanton was the finest teacher of Mathematics I have ever seen.
He was universally loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Edgar W. Stanton served Iowa State continuously from his graduation in
1872 until his death in 1920. He joined the faculty immediately after his graduation
and was made Head of the Mathematics Department in 1874. He served as Secretary of
the Board of trustees from 1874 to 1909, and was four times Acting President of Iowa
After the death of his first wife, Margaret MacDonald Stanton, in 1895,
Stanton presented the college with the first ten bells of the carillon hanging in the
Campanile. After Edgar Stanton's death, his second wife, Julie Wentch Stanton, and
his children contributed 26 additional bells. The carillon is known as the Stanton
Memorial Carillon. Stanton Avenue is also named for Edgar Stanton.