The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on December 12, 2001 · 13
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Wednesday, December 12, 2001
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BIO THE COURIER-JOURNAL WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 12, 2001 00 G.W. Stoll, former board chairman of Belle of Louisville, dies at 85 By PAULA BURBA The Courier-Journal C.W. Stoll, who envisioned the transformation of the riverboat Ava-lon into the Belle of Louisville and renovated a mansion overlooking the Ohio River so he could keep an eye on the water, died Monday at Norton Suburban Hospital of heart failure. He was 85. "Once you're infected with that strange indefinable malady, river fever, you're never quite normal again. You've got it, and there's nothing can be done about it," he once told members of the Filson Club. Charles William Stoll had been in love with boats and rivers since childhood. He was a correspondent for the St. Louis-based Waterways Journal when he was 15. From the time he was 6 years old, Stoll had jobs in the office of his grandfather's oil company. As a teen, he would go down to the oil docks and talk with the boat crews, then send the news to the journal. During summers in the mid-1980s, Stoll worked as a clerk on the old Gordon C. Greene packet boat, owned by the Greene Line. When he -A: ; .-V iV. x graduated from Carlton College in Minnesota, he spent a week cruising the Ohio River from Louisville to Manchester, Ohio, carrying a sandwich board, serving as watchman, playing the calliope and steering all for no pay. Laterhehelped preserve two Ohio : River steamboats: the Delta Queen and the boat that was to become the Belle of Louisville. ' . Stoll was a member of the crew that brought the Delta Queen up the Ohio Riverto Pittsburgh to be rebuilt in 1947. The next year, he helped bring the boat to its new home in Cincinnati. In the early 1960s he was appointed to the new Louisville-Jefferson County Recreation Board, which was responsible for getting the Avalon, which the county bought at auction in 1962 and renamed the Belle of Louisville, in shape for the first race C.W. Stoll envisioned the transformation of the Avalon into the Belle of Louisville. Frances Holberton pioneer in computer languages, dies with the Delta Queen in 1963. He later served on the Metropolitan Parks and Recreation Board and was a chairman of the board of the Belle of Louisville. Stoll held several executive positions in the family's oil business. His grandfather, Charles Christian Stoll, founded the Stoll Oil Refining Co., which later became Sinclair Refining Co. C.W. Stoll retired as a lubrication engineer in 1971 when it was a division of the Atlantic-Richfield Co. Stoll also served as president of the Louisville Oil Men's Club and chairman of the Kentucky Petroleum Council during his career, In 1952 he bought the historic Rock Hill mansion off Mockingbird Valley Road in eastern Jefferson County. Stoll and his first wife, Mari-jane Palmer, moved into three rooms of the house that year and renovated it one room at a time. A few years after she died, he married the former Lucy Miller, who yesterday described how her husband would watch the river from an upstairs window of Rock Hill after he became ill a few years ago. The Belle of Louisville would always blow the whistle for him as it passed. The steamboat's flag flew at half mast yesterday in memory of him. Obituary information, Page B9. The Washington Post Frances "Betty" Snyder Holberton, 84, the software pioneer who programmed the groundbreaking ENIAC digital computer for the Army in the 1940s and later helped create the languages used to operate the world's computers, died Saturday in Rock-ville, Md. She had suffered a stroke and had diabetes. Late in life, Holberton was credited for her efforts to make the language and equipment of programming user-friendly. After World War II, she created an instruction code, called C-10, that allowed for control of the first general-purpose computer by keyboarded commands rather than by dials and switches. Holberton came up with language using mnemonic characters that appealed to logic, such as "a" for add and "b" for bring. She designed control panels that put the numeric keypad next to the keyboard and persuaded engineers to replace the UNI-VAC's black exterior with the gray-beige tone that came to be the universal color of computers. When men were diverted to wartime service, the Army recruited Holberton and about 80 other female mathematicians to compute ballistics trajectories by hand and with desktop calculators at the University of Pennsylvania. The women worked on equations that took more than 30 hours to solve. The Army sponsored a top-secret project to create an electronic digital computer that would speed up the calculations. The Army chose six women, including Holberton, to program the computer. By the completion of the project in 1946, work that once took 30 hours to compute instead took 15 seconds. While working at the Navy's David Taylor Model Basin and the National Bureau of Standards, she served with committees that created COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) and wrote standards for FORTRAN (Formula Translation). She retired in 1983. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, John Vaughan Holberton of Rockville, Md.; two daughters; two sisters; and a brother. . fs . . SJjt ffonrijr-Seurttal Obituaries Online llllpililL 1 - " f DIFFERENT STYLES... OWE SPIR I T Santa's Shoppers for St. Joseph Children's Home December 1 through December 20 Brought to you by Oxmoor Center, 99.7 WDJX and WBKt Customers may purchase new toys or clothing and drop off at Oxmoor Center's Customer Service or Gift Wrap Center. Goods will be 'wrapped by Oxmoor Center Gift Wrappers and distributed lo SI. Joseph Children's Home. Gift Wrapping for Charity is offered for ail holiday gifts purchased at Oxmoor Center. Gift Wrap Center is located in Concourse C near Gaiyan's. Offer valid for all gifts purchased at Oxmoor Center. Gift Wrap Center opens one hour after Oxmoor Center. Receipts are required and boxes not included. Certain Restrictions Apply iri OXMOOR CENTER Daily 9am-10pm Sunday, Dec. 16, 11am-9pm Department Store Hours May Vary 79C0 Shelbyville Rd Louisville, KY 40222 phone 1502)426-3000 FREE VALET PARKING Available December 9. 15. IS, and 21 -24 Located at Concourse A mar lacobsou's 5& Louisville, southern Indiana and Regional area deaths Hud the obituaries a wmvajorierjoanndxna Continued from page B9. Park. Visitation will beat Kraft Funeral Service. 2776 Charlestown Rd., New Albany, from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Expressions of sympathy may go to St. Judes Childrens Hospital. . JEFFERSONVILLE - Margaret Louise Balrd Dickey, 67, died Monday at Floyd Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Clark County, IN, a member of Bethany Christian Church and a homemaker. Survivors: her husband, Eugene Lee Dickey Sr.; six sons, Eugene Lee Jr., Martin Cene and Jeffery Dewayne Dickey, all of Jefferson-ville, Daniel Thomas Dickey of New Albany, Paul Ray Dickey of Cartersville, CA, and James Lee Dickey of Mt. Carmel, IL; three daughters, Rebecca Sue Rutherford of Cincinnati, OH, and Melinda Bell Amy and Martha Lou Welsh, botti of Jef fersonville; three brothers, George Baird of Madison, IN, and Melvin "Pete" and Jim Baird of Marysville; four sisters, Mildred Hobbs of New Washington, IN, Virginia Cooper of Charlestown and Mary Frances Franklin and Lula Jones, both of Marysville; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Glenn and Dee R. Baird. Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Grayson's Funeral Home, New Washington. Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery, New Washington, visitation: l0a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and after 8 a.m. Thursday at Grayson's. SELLERSBURC - Clyde M. Hubbard, 78, died Monday at his home. 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