Southbridge Evening News

February 17th, 1960


40 Years at AO

H. H. Styll, Patent Atty., Dead at 83.


Hary H. Styll, 83, of 186 Marc St., a retired patent attorney for American Optical Co., died yesterday at Harrington Memorial Hospital.A member of the AO legal department for 40 years until his retirement in 1950, he was associated with the company’s patenting of a large number of well-known ophthalmic and optical inventions.

Among the devices he helped patent were the lensometer, calobar glass, the Tillyer grail set, cruxite glass, built-in bearing for ginger piece eyeglasses, heat screen glass, Tillyer lenses, fulvue bifocals, the inner rim frame and no-scru mounting.


Born in Bridgewater, Va., he was the son of Robert and Minnie (Holstead) Styll.


AO in 1910


Mr. Styll joined AO in 1910, establishing a patent department for the company.He had been previously employed by the Bureau of Construction and Repair, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree from Georgetown University Law School. Mr. Styll was a member of the Quinebaug Lodge of Masons and an honorary member of the Southbridge Rotary Club. He was the club’s first president.


He was also a member of the American Patent Law Association, Washington and Boston Patent Law Association of District Court, Supreme Court of the District of Columbia and the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mamie (Owen) Styll.

Services will be held at 2.p. m. tomorrow at S. W. Williams Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St., with Rev. Stephen E. Fletcher, Pastor of Central Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in River View Cemetery, Richmond, Va.

Calling hours at the funeral home.

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