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Stanley ‘Stan’ J. Whitlock


Sep 12, 2018

Stanley “Stan” Jay Whitlock, 70, a 40-year resident of Merrimack, NH, completed his life on September 3, 2018, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. The cause of death was metastasized pancreatic cancer.

Stan was born on February 27, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the late Dr. John B. and Virginia (Marzolf) Whitlock. His family moved to Durham, NH, in 1958. He attended the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School, in Concord, NH, for two summers, achieving the highest honor of “Ranking Scholar”. A graduate from Oyster River High School, Class of 1965, Stan continued his studies at the University of Iowa, majoring in mathematics and computer science. As a college freshman, Stan auditioned and was selected for membership in the trumpet section of the U of I Tour Band that spent a semester playing concerts in Europe and Russia. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, he attended graduate school at Harvard University where he received a Master of Science degree in computer science and completed the coursework for a Ph.D.

Stan began his career as a computer programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. From there, he was hired as a software engineer and manager by Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, and Intel Corporation. For more than 20 years, he served on the U.S. Standards Committee for the Fortran programming language. In 2015, he was honored by the International Committee for Information Technology Standards for his contributions to the ongoing technical development of the Fortran programming language.

Throughout his adult life, Stan continued playing his trumpet and cornet in several musical organizations including the Harvard University Summer Pops Band, Metropolitan (Boston) Wind Symphony, New England Brass Band, Merrimack Community Concert Band, and the Bedford (NH) Big Band.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Carolyn J. (Granger) Whitlock; a son, David M. Whitlock and his wife Angela (Schiebout) Whitlock, and granddaughters, Amelia and Serena Whitlock, of Portland, Oregon; and a daughter, Jennifer L. Whitlock, of Manchester, NH. He is also survived by a brother, John L. Whitlock, Esq. and his wife Dorothy (Oeste) of Needham, MA, and a sister, Susan (Whitlock) Dickson and her husband, Kenneth Dickson, Esq., of Murietta, CA., as well as nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Celebration of Life in memory of Stan will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Rd., Merrimack, NH 03054.