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Stoll, Frank Cawthorne

MADISON - Frank Cawthorne Stoll, age 85, passed away peacefully on Dec. 26, 2007. Frank was born in Chicago Heights, Ill. on March 27, 1922. He was the second of three children born to Frank and Constance Stoll. Frank's family moved to Oshkosh, a city he especially loved, where he graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1939. Frank attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in the spring of 1942. Following flight training, Frank rose to the rank of captain and flew 45 missions as a pilot of a B-24 Bomber in the Pacific Theater. Following four years of service during World War II, Frank completed his B.A. at Oshkosh in 1947, before entering the University of Chicago where he earned a masters degree in American History. In June of 1949, he married his wife of 58 years, the former Anne Lewis of Crawfordsville, Ind., whom he met at the University of Chicago. The newlyweds returned to Wisconsin and settled in Milwaukee where they were blessed with the birth of two sons, Joseph in 1952 and Karl in 1955. Frank began teaching high school history and moved the family to St. Charles, Ill. in 1957. In 1960, he accepted a teaching position at Madison West High School and moved his family to Madison where they have resided to the present day. While in Madison, Frank attended the University of Wisconsin for five consecutive summers to earn a masters degree in Library Science. Frank became a librarian at West Jr. High in 1962 and transferred to Madison Memorial High School in 1971, where he completed his career as a librarian in 1987. Frank and Anne enjoyed traveling and visited friends or family on four continents. Frank had a life-long interest in politics and was an excellent public speaker. He ran for Wisconsin Attorney General in 1950 on the Progressive Party ticket. A supporter of progressive causes, he took a brave stand, traveling to Jackson, Mississippi in 1950, to try to save the life of Willie McGee, an African American man accused of rape. Although a decorated World War II veteran, Frank opposed all unnecessary military foreign entanglements. He was a Veteran of Peace during the Vietnam War, and opposed the invasion of Iraq. Frank is survived by his wife, Anne, his sons, Karl and Joseph; and daughter-in-law, JoAnna all of Madison, his sisters, Constance Koch Lambrecht of Oshkosh and Carolyn Stoll Studley of Green Bay; nieces, Joan Koch Dirnbauer, Susan Studley Wirtala, Margaret Studley Whitrock, Jennifer Studley Kowalczyk, and nephew Robert Koch. Integrity and kindness were Frank's most important characteristics, but he will also be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, love of books and excellent story telling. The family knows Frank would like to send a wonderful smile and thanks to each of his caregivers at Aegin Place, Alterra Clarebridge, a Hospice and Middleton Village. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. Visitation with the family will be at 1 p.m. before the service. In lieu of flowers donations my be made to Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706, or the Jane Addams Peace Association, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com



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