He then attended Saint Aloysius High School in New Orleans. Ott attended Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington before entering Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College, where he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He served as Bishop of Baton Rouge from 1983 until his death in 1992. Stanley Ott was the cousin of Mel Ott and celebrated the Funeral Mass for Elmo Patrick Sonnier, a convicted murderer who was buried near the graves of bishops. He received his early education at the parochial school of Saint Joseph"s Church in Gretna, where he also served as an altar boy.
Following his graduation from Saint Aloysius in 1944, he decided to study for the priesthood instead of entering the military service.
While in Rome, Ott was ordained a priest by Archbishop Martin O"Connor on December 8, 1951. He earned a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian in 1954.
Following his return to Louisiana, he was assigned as a curate at Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in New Orleans, where he remained for three years. He served as an assistant chaplain at the Catholic Student Center of Louisiana State University from 1957 to 1961.
In 1961, after the creation of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Ott became judicial vicar of the new diocese and a curate at Saint Joseph Cathedral.
He was named chancellor of the diocese in 1966 and rector of the cathedral in 1968. New Orleans
On May 24, 1976, Ott was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and titular bishop of Nicives by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 29 from Philip Hannan, the Archbishop of New Orleans, serving as consecrator, with William Borders, the Archbishop of Baltimore, and Joseph Sullivan, Bishop of Baton Rouge, as co-consecrators. The consecration was held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, in New Orleans.
He was then appointed by Hannan as the Vicar General of the archdiocese.
Following the death of Sullivan in September 1982, Ott was named the third Bishop of Baton Rouge by Pope John Paul II on January 13, 1983. During his nine-year tenure, he encouraged the increased participation of the laity in diocesan affairs, and promoted the ecumenical movement by engaging with leaders of other religions.
He also oversaw a major reorganization of the Presbyteral Council and other diocesan structures. In 1984, he received heavy criticism for conducting a Mass for executed murderer Elmo Patrick Sonnier.
He served as chairman of the Committee on the Laity of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and was a delegate to the World Synod of Bishops in 1987.
In March 1991, Ott was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer, which had spread to his spine by October of that year. He eventually lost the use of his legs, and underwent radiation treatment at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He died there in September 1982 at age 65, and was buried in the cathedral cemetery.
He was a second cousin of Mel Ott, a New York Giants outfielder and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. In addition to these duties, he also served as dean of the Central Deanery and a member of the diocesan college of consultors. He was a member of the Baton Rouge Sierra Club, Knights of Columbus, and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.