Stephen D. Batchelor
Stephen D. Batchelor died on March 30, 2014. He was predeceased by his wife Miriam (French) of 52 years and his son, Stephen. He is survived by his children Elizabeth Batchelor of Gloversville, NY, Linda Batchelor (Paul Thaler) of Florence, MA, Peggy Perkins (Wes) of Sebastian, FL, and David Batchelor (Doreen) of Crystal Lake, IL; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was educated at Exeter and Harvard but often said he learned the most from his service in the Army during WWII. In 1949, he came to Melbourne with the space program. He and a group of engineers founded Soroban. Later, they founded Optical Business Machines. For the longest time he could be found most evenings on his boat, playing solitaire if the weather was bad, sailing if the weather permitted. He was equally dedicated to Hospice of Health First both as a donor and as a volunteer and in 2010 was made an honorary Emeritus Director. He was active in the leadership and choir of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. In later years, he joined the Brevard Community Choir. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Donations may be made in his honor to the Hospice of Health First.
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home
1010 Palmetto Avenue Melbourne, FL 32901
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2014