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STOCKTON, Marilyn Following a 4-year battle with Alzheimer's, Dr. Marilyn Stockton passed away on September 15, 2017 at Presbyterian Villages in Austell, Georgia. Dr. Stockton was born on October 29, 1946 in Dekalb County Georgia.Her parents were Jane and Ruble Stockton. Ruble, who served in the Navy during World War II, died when Marilyn was 4. From that point Marilyn was raised by her mother, Jane, in an extended family of an aunt, two cousins, two great aunts and grandparents. Marilyn had active years at Bass High School in Atlanta in the Concert Band and being judged Most Intellectual, graduating in 1964. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physics from University of Georgia and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin circa 1973. Her thesis was entitled "Vacuum Ultraviolet Fluorescence of Electron Excited Superfluid." Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin, Marilyn accepted a teaching/research appointment at Dartmouth College in 1975 and, in 1980, a position as Physicist at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She returned to Atlanta in 1982 and lived with her mother, Jane, until Jane's death in 2002. In the spring of 1982, Marilyn accepted a management position with the Atlanta Opera where she worked until the fall of 1985. Shortly after joining the staff, the opera cancelled its 1982/83 season. General manager Marti Hagan remembers that Marilyn was instrumental in getting the company back into production for the 1983/84 season. Marilyn was especially skilled at grant applications including a successful application to the Lloyd Rigler Foundation for debt reduction (a rarity in the non-profit community) and processes to meet rigid reporting specifications to the foundation. Artistic director Dr. Tom Pasatieri remembers "At my first meeting with Marilyn Stockton I was in a state of panic. I was the artistic director of the Atlanta Opera and our secretarial staff had left. We turned to a temporary agency and they sent us an angel: Marilyn. That first day I was dictating many complicated letters regarding the contracting of singers and stage directors and Marilyn handled all of them with great professionalism and accuracy. I was so taken with her ability that, at the end of the first day, I asked her if she would consider accepting a permanent position with the opera. She accepted and became part of our family. Not only could she be counted on to do excellent work in a calm and controlled manner but she became a friend and we all shared laughter. It's hard to remember a time when the Atlanta Opera was without Marilyn." After Ms. Hagan and Dr. Pasatieri resigned at the close of the 1984/85 season and William Fred Scott was hired as the new artistic director, Marilyn stayed to assist with the transition. In 1986, she accepted a teaching position at the Art Institute of Atlanta and taught there until her retirement in 2013. Her colleague Louise Luther remembers "When I started at The Art Institute in January 1998, Marilyn was in charge of scheduling all classes for all departments. The absolutely amazing thing was, she could remember the courses, days and times, rooms, the instructors for multiple sections of multiple courses all in her head! Over the years she taught math, science, English, and computer courses. She also co-authored the text book that was used for many years in our introductory computer science courses. Toward the end of her career at the Art Institute, she was awarded Faculty of the Year." While teaching at the Art Institute, Marilyn attended Georgia State University and earned a Master of Business Administration in 1987 and a Master of Arts in English literature in 1991. For completion of the Master of Arts, Marilyn wrote a paper on the works of William Blake. She was studying at Georgia State for financial planner certification when the initial signs of Alzheimers forced her retirement. Dr. Stockton is survived by her cousin Dr. Richard Vernon Fuller, his wife Amelia (Millie) Fagan Fuller of Marietta, and cousin Stephen (Steve) Edward Fuller and his wife Marea of Charlotte. In addition, there are Richard and Millie's son, James and Steve and Marea's daughters Rebecca and Louisa, and grandchildren Maddie and Shane. A memorial service will be held in the Lake View Room at Presbyterian Village on Saturday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 11, 2017
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