Joseph A. Stoll Jr.

Aug. 5, 1941 – March 18, 2022

Merrill Lynch opened doors in Guam in 1972. Stoll joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc. in January 1974 and rose to manage the investment and wealth management company for 20 years as vice president, senior financial advisor and resident manager.

Stoll told Guam Business Magazine in December 1984, “I look forward to coming to work every day. It’s an exciting and dynamic industry.”

He retired in 2002, but visited Guam from his home in Wisconsin.

Stoll was chairman of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in 1985, when the islands of Micronesia were in transition from Trust Territory governance to free association.

In Guam, the island was discussing a commonwealth status.

Stoll was invited to submitted testimony on behalf of the Chamber to Congress on the Compacts of Free Association of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

In the April 10, 1985, letter to Rep. Morris Udall, chairman of the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs – Stoll wrote, “We believe the Compacts will provide the long needed stimulus of economic development for these new freely associated states and the Pacific Basin in general.

“We would like to add that when our territory comes before you to present the Guahan Commonwealth Act, we will bring with us a history of over 85 years as a U.S. possession.  While we support these Compacts and honor the rights of these nations to self-government, we strongly urge and expect at least equivalent consideration from the United States when we negotiate Commonwealth status.”

Stoll also served as president of the Rotary Club of Guam from 1987 to 1988.

He held a 1971 bachelor’s of science in engineering and industrial management from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and after a stint in the U.S. Navy worked as an industrial engineer for the Harley Davidson Motor Co. But it was his marriage to the late Gladys Camacho in 1964 that would determine his direction when the pair visited and then moved to Guam in 1971. His first job was at the Guam Department of Labor, and his first project was to work on the team that developed Guam’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration plan.

“I don’t tell my business friends that,” he told the magazine.

Joseph A. Stoll Jr. is survived by his close companion Marilee Fuss, daughter Joan Van den Berge, sons Joe Stoll III, Patrick Stoll and Robert Stoll and their families, and siblings.

The family has tentatively scheduled a memorial service in June in Milwaukee, with a funeral service in Guam in January.


Todd Spray Smith

Oct. 24, 1942 – March 3, 2022

Todd Spray Smith passed away from natural causes on March 3, at the age of 79.

Originally from Indiana, Smith was recruited to work in Guam after his education at Indiana University. He became a partner in Palmer, Smith and Heston and in 1980 the firm became affiliated with accountants Touche Ross & Co. In 1989, when the company became Deloitte & Touche, Smith served as the managing partner. Upon his retirement, he served as deputy managing partner for Deloitte & Touche Asia Pacific.

Smith was a partner in other local businesses and also served as the president of the Guam Chamber of Commerce from 1977 to 1978, and as the president of the Rotary Club of Guam in 1982. Smith also served on a variety of community boards, to include the Guam Board of Accountancy. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Joe M. Arnett, senior tax advisor at Deloitte, worked with Smith for a number of years.

“I was recruited by Todd and came to Guam in January of 1984 for what I thought would be just a couple of years. Todd’s leadership, friendship and the opportunities presented to me by him has turned it into almost 40 years,” Arnett said. 

  “He was a mentor and inspiration to many employees, as well as business and government leaders. “He was also a successful entrepreneur participating in and\or managing several successful private enterprises,” Arnett said. “He will be greatly missed by all those that knew him.”

  Todd Spray Smith is survived by children Troy Smith, Torgun Smith. their mother Judith, and family members and the Tomas Paulino children — Teresita Pawlyshyn, Patricia Chenitz, Steven Paulino and Anita Paulino Malchow and their families.

A memorial celebration was held March 12. mbj