Virginia Hall Stalder, a resident of Palo Alto, died near her English holly farm in Beavercreek, Ore., at the age of 87.
Born Jan. 20, 1925, in Salisbury, N.C., to Hallie Shaver and John Floyd Hall, she grew up in Salisbury and Woodleaf, attending Salisbury and Woodleaf public schools and Catawba College, where she graduated with a degree in physics.
She was employed by NACA, the predecessor of NASA, at Langley Field, Va. Shortly thereafter, seeking adventure, she transferred to Ames Research Lab at Moffett Field, Mountain View. She advanced to the position of "Head Computer" before the advent of calculators and mainframe computers.
At Ames she met and married Jackson R. Stalder, an aeronautical research engineer. She continued to work for various firms on the San Francisco Peninsula, an unusual achievement for women in the 1950s, while raising three children. In 1964, she and Jackson purchased an English holly farm in Beavercreek, Ore. Jackson passed away in 1968 and she managed and developed Beavercreek Farms for 48 years.
She enjoyed three cross-country road trips with her children and grandchildren during her last years.
She is survived by her three children, Suellen Stalder (James Corrie) of Berkeley, Barbara Allen (Judson Allen, deceased) of Palo Alto and Kenneth R. Stalder (Patricia Nassos) of Redwood City; three grandchildren, Suzanne Allen of Portland, Ore., Katherine Stalder of Menlo Park and Julia Stalder of Pasadena; and two nieces, Donna Schulken of Santa Nella and Lisa Simmons of San Mateo. She is also survived by numerous Shaver and Hall cousins in North Carolina.