ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2005) -- On Thursday, Nov. 17, Ohio University will hold a memorial service in honor of Beth K. Stocker, longtime alumna, benefactor and friend of the university. The service will take place at Galbreath Chapel at 2 p.m. with a reception in Baker University Center's Elizabeth Baker Room immediately following. The university community is invited to attend.
Stocker graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology in 1928. She received an honorary doctorate 75 years later, in 2003.
As an Ohio University student, she was active in the Women's League, the Women's Athletic Association, the YWCA, and a local sorority that later became a chapter of Phi Mu.
During the Great Depression, she provided the sole source of income while her husband, Paul, experimented in their rooming home's basement, ultimately inventing the Sub-Cycle telephone ringer that would help found Lorain Products. The company grew into a multi-plant manufacturing facility of telecommunications equipment in the 1970s. In 1979, she established The Stocker Foundation from the estate of her husband.
The Stockers' involvement with Ohio University dates back half a century. Stocker collaborated with her husband during his many volunteer and advisory roles to Ohio University, where they were pioneers in charitable giving. Their gifts have supported programs across campus, from the Russ College and the College of Arts and Sciences; to the Libraries; to the Cutler and Urban Scholars Programs; to chairs, professorships and faculty enrichment.
Stocker passed away Aug. 23 at the age of 97.
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