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Stanford's 'Mr. Telephone' passes away

Oley Ray Killingsworth, a longtime Stanford employee who was known as "Mr. Telephone" on campus, has died. He was 83.

Killingsworth worked on campus for more than 40 years, retiring in 1978 as a telecommunications supervisor. His daughter, Sharon Killingsworth, said that for many years he installed the public address systems for special events at Stanford and was the projectionist for Sunday night flicks. He also helped install the telephone system for the medical center.

"He was a great guy and was always trying to help people," Killingsworth said. "All his nieces and nephews were crazy about him. They always said that nobody was older than Oley."

Killingsworth, who died at home in Palo Alto on April 24, was a World War II veteran and served with the U.S. Army's 893rd Signal Company as a staff sergeant stationed in India.

He is survived by his daughters, Sharon of Palo Alto and Kristine Lewis of Castro Valley, and by his grandson, Joseph Flemate of Napa.

Funeral services will be held today (April 30) at 1 p.m. at Roller & Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Directors, 980 Middlefield Road. Burial will be at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto. The family requests contributions to Stanford Home Health Care and Hospice, No. 12, 211 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA 94305.


By Lisa Trei