BART's first employee, former General Manager B.R. (Bill) Stokes, dies at 89 - ContraCostaTimes.com: "oakland -- B.R. (Bill) Stokes, the former BART general manager who is credited with propelling the financing, construction and operation of the transportation district from its origins in 1958 to 1974, died May 15 in Sammamish, Wash. He was 89."
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