Paul Stocker was an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, civic leader, visionary, humanitarian and successful businessman. He graduated from Ohio University with an electrical engineering degree and subsequently received a Merit Award, Honorary Doctorate, Alumnus of the Year Award, and the “A Fellow” award which is the highest recognition that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers can bestow. Stocker was active in ten different civic organizations and was affiliated or active in four professional organizations, three Masonic organizations and religious affairs.
The holder of fourteen patents, Stocker was selected to design and manufacture classified material for the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
He invented the Sub-Cycle, a static frequency ringing machine with no moving parts which was a forerunner to designs that are now known as “Solid State.” A co-founder of Lorrain Products Company, he later became sole owner of this successful telephone industry company. He believed in the manufacture of quality products with reliability and maintaining responsible back up services.
Paul Stocker was a generous man. He gave freely of his time, energy, expertise and money to educational institutions, civic organizations and to young people to help them get started toward achieving their dreams. His personal contributions to the telecommunications industry and his fellowman were truly monumental. He was a pioneer in many endeavors and a remarkable individual in his time. He died in 1978.