June Judson, 81, actress-director

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Many actors and playwrights who started in Boston’s theater community in the 1980s and ’90s shared June Judson as a mentor. She was a gifted nurturer of new talent and theatrical works, most notably through Theatre-in-Process, a laboratory- workshop she founded in the early 1980s.

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David Atwood: Getting started at WGBH

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From David Atwood Needing a job fresh out of college in the fall of 1965 I made an alphabetical list of Boston’s TV stations. The first was WBZ. I set out from Woburn, found WBZ and went in looking for work. They said they might start me in the mail room. I was devastated. I…

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Al Boyns, Mailroom Master

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From QuickNooz It is with great sorrow that WGBH shares the news that Al Boyns, who was a part of WGBH for many years heading up our Mailroom team, passed away on Fri, 2/5. Relatives and friends will gather for a funeral service at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St, Natick,…

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Jeanne Brodeur, 58, pioneering fundraiser

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From QuickNooz Deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former ’GBHer Jeanne Brodeur, who passed away Mon, 10/19 in California, where she served as VP for Development at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Jeanne started at WGBH in the 1970s right out of college, and worked in the Development department until 1980. She…

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Kate Billings, 52, associate producer

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From QuickNooz (with permission) — 9/8/2009 Former ’GBHer Katherine Ann Billings passed away in Sandwich on Wed, 9/2 at age 52. Born in St. Paul, MN, Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota and started her career at KTCA St. Paul. She came to WGBH Boston in 1987 to work as an associate producer for…

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Gerald Dash, 68, Cable TV pioneer

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From Multichannel News Gerald Dash, whose long cable career began with early franchising efforts and selling HBO subscriptions, died on Aug. 30 at his home in Tucson, Ariz., of a terminal illness, family members said. He was 68. Inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 2005, when he was a senior VP of training at…

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Bob Walker, 77, former news director

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Via QuickNooz A memorial service was held Sunday, 8/2, for former WGBH news director Bob Walker, who passed away on Monday, 7/27. He was 77. Before coming to WGBH, Bob worked at WFAA in Dallas, where he broke the stories of both the Kennedy and Oswald assassinations in 1963. He then served as news director…

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Louis Wiley, Jr. retires after 33 years

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From QuickNooz In early July, colleagues and friends gathered in Fraser Performance Studio to raise a glass in honor of Frontline exec editor Louis Wiley Jr., who retired after 33 years at WGBH. A graduate of Yale University and Georgetown Law School, Louis joined WGBH in 1970, and over the years worked on various local…

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Jeanie Angier, director of national promotion

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From Cynthia Broner Deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former ’GBHer Jeanie Angier, who passed away May 8. Jeanie worked at WGBH from 1978 to 1993, eventually holding the position of Director of National Promotion. She started out at WGBH as a publicist for NOVA, and it was during that time that…

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Bob Tappan, 91, 30-year WGBH volunteer

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From Cynthia Broner Deepest condolences to the family and friends of longtime Auction volunteer Bob Tappan, who passed away on Fri, 3/27, at the age of 92. His daughter, Olivia, is a former ’GBHer, and both Bob and his wife were original Auction volunteers in the 1960s. Bob continued his work with the Auction past…

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Frances Shrand, 82, Spider’s Web actor

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From Cynthis Broner Former ’GBHer Frances Shrand, of Brighton, died Sun, 3/15. Her career included time as an actress, an elocution teacher, and a children’s etiquette instructor, but Frances may be best remembered at WGBH for her work on The Spider’s Web, the WGBH radio production for which she won two Armstrong Awards. The Spider’s…

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Memorial Service for Bunny Olenick

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From Fred Barzyk A memorial service honoring the life of Bernice Olenick will be held on Sunday January 11th, at 2 pm at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon Street, Brookline (1 block outbound/west of Washington St.). Following the service, there will be a reception at her apartment house, 1550 Beacon St. (1 block east of…

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G. Franco Romagnoli, 82, Italian Chef

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From The New York Times — 12/17/2008 G. Franco Romagnoli, who, with his wife, Margaret, helped introduce Americans to authentic Italian home cooking on the 1970s PBS series “The Romagnolis’ Table” and in a series of best-selling cookbooks, died Monday in Boston. He was 82 and lived in Watertown, Mass. His son Marco confirmed the…

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Cherry Enoki, video editor, dies in climbing accident

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From Cynthia Broner The WGBH community was saddened to learn of the passing of Cherry Enoki, former ‘GBHer and editor on many projects, including Postcards from Buster, Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, Design Squad and Nova ScienceNow. Cherry died Fri, 11/28 while climbing Mount Shasta in Northern California. “Cherry was an amazingly talented, passionate, invested friend…

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James Armsey, 90, behind the scenes public broadcasting pioneer

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From The New York Times James W. Armsey, a former Ford Foundation executive who directed more than $350 million in grants to universities in the 1960s while prompting the foundation to deny grants to segregated universities, died on Nov. 2 at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 90. From 1956 through 1975, Mr. Armsey…

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Lew Barlow, 80, producer, professor, mentor

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From the Boston Globe via legacy.com Born in Malden, MA, July 23, 1928 … Mr. Barlow was a graduate of the University of New York were he received a B.A. and his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1957, Lewis Barlow has been a major contributor to the local television scene in numerous capacities.…

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Alan Lupo, 70, “The Hub’s Herodoutus”

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From The Boston Globe — 9/30/2008 Alan Lupo, chronicler of Boston, dies He was no stranger to the inner sanctums of City Hall but was more at home with regular folks on Boston’s stoops and sidewalks. He knew people — and people knew him — from the North End to Southie, from Dorchester to Doyle’s…

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Jean (Coggan) Becton, 91

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From Fred Barzyk Henry Becton’s mother, Jean (Coggan) Becton (91), passed away on Wednesday. The family will hold a private memorial service for her later this summer. In lieu of flowers, Henry and the family have asked that those wishing to make a donation in her memory could contribute to the Blue Hills Heritage Trust…

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