George Merritt Stabler

Friday, November 23, 2012

George Merritt Stabler, 69, a long-time resident of Hollis, NH, who recently moved to Middlebury, VT, died on November 11, 2012 in Middlebury of complications due to diabetes.

He was born July 1, 1943, in Waltham, MA, to Howard Parker Stabler and Margaret Van Alstyne Stabler. He grew up in Williamstown, MA and attended Williamstown public schools, graduating in the high school class of 1961.

He received a BA in 1965 from Harvard University, studied computer-aided design at the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Manchester in England, and received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.

He worked as a software engineer for Prime Computers and Apollo Computers in Massachusetts before joining Workstation Solutions in Nashua, NH. He was subsequently employed by Oracle in Nashua, NH and retired in 2010.

He was quick-witted, with an engaging sense of humor.

As an amateur artist, he was a devotee of M.C. Escher and Wassily Kandinsky.

He also had a fondness for the work of Edward Gorey and Bill Waterson as well as the music of Charles Ives and Sergey Prokofiev. He delighted in the birds that came to his feeder.

He is survived by his children, Benjamin Stabler of Austin, TX and Elizabeth D. Stabler of Hollis, NH; his sister Elizabeth Stabler of Middlebury, VT and his best friend Christine T. Hayward of Portland, OR. He was predeceased in January 2012 by his brother Robert Coleman Stabler.

A memorial gathering is being planned for December in Nashua, NH. Donations in his memory may be made to the Audubon Society.

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