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Paul Stock (1894-1972) was born in Florence, Colorado. He started in the oil business as a roughneck at 15. One biographer says he was hard-nosed, hard-playing, hard-working, and hard-living. He had a kind and generous heart, a western-style sense of humor, and a great deal of affection for children. He organized the Paul Stock Foundation in 1957 to help students get a higher education.

One of the truly great foundations in Wyoming, the Paul Stock Foundation is an avid supporter of higher education at the University of Wyoming. Organized by Cody resident Paul Stock, the foundation supports scholarships in addition to special work-study research projects for outstanding students. In 1992 the Paul Stock Foundation was recognized as an Outstanding Donor to the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture.