Earl E. Stone, 93, a retired Navy rear admiral who as a Naval Academy midshipman was on board the battleship Ohio in 1915 when it and two other dreadnoughts became the first to sail through the recently opened Panama Canal. During World War II he became the first skipper of the battleship Wisconsin. In 1955 he came to California as commandant of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and stayed in that area after retiring in 1957. He eventually became the first director of the Allen Knight Maritime Museum, which is dedicated to preserving the old fishing and whaling days in Monterey. In Carmel on Sunday.