Ralph J. Stolle, 91, an inventor who developed the...


January 16, 1996

Ralph J. Stolle, 91, an inventor who developed the machinery that manufactures pop-tops for metal cans, died Saturday at his Lebanon, Ohio, home.

The businessman and inventor held the patent for the Stolle Can Machinery used throughout the world for production of cans.

In 1923, he founded Stolle Corp., which developed the tab opener and the machinery for its production. He sold the company to Alcoa in 1975 but remained as chairman.

He is listed as an inventor on more than 50 patents.

His daughter, Mary Jo Cropper, said he was humble about his success.

"If you were in a crowd with him, he wouldn't tell you he had the pop-top patent," she said. "Family was really the center of everything with my father."

Jon Pattis, 58, a telecommunications engineer who was accused of spying and imprisoned by Iran for five years, died Friday of congestive heart failure in Arlington, Va.

Abdel Wahab Mohammed, 65, an Egyptian poet who wrote love songs for many of the Arab world's most famous singers, died yesterday of heart failure. Mr. Mohammed, who had been ailing for years, died at a Cairo hospital where he had been hospitalized several weeks ago, Egypt's Middle East News

Agency said.

Red Thunder Cloud, 76, a singer and storyteller who was the last known speaker of the Catawba American Indian language, died Jan. 8 in Worcester, Mass., after suffering a stroke.

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