Lew Barlow, 80, producer, professor, mentor

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”

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

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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Memorial for Phil Collyer

From Cynthia Broner The legions of friends and fans of longtime ‘GBHer Phil Collyer will gather in the Calderwood Studio to remember him Monday, April 28, at 11a.m. “It’s a longstanding tradition at WGBH to gather, Quaker-style, in the memory of dear colleagues and share our reflections — anecdotes, poems, memorable photos — or, if…

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Phil Collyer, 68, executive producer, Caption Center director

From WGBH president Jon Abbott It is with tremendous sadness that I share with the WGBH family the news that our longtime friend Phil Collyer died yesterday of complications from leukemia. He was 68. Phil’s career at WGBH stretches back nearly 50 years from his most recent role as the indomitable executive producer of the…

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Bernice “Bunny” Olenick, 87, executive producer

From Cynthia Broner WGBH notes the passing of lifelong activist and former ’GBHer Bernice “Bunny” Olenick on 12/22. Bunny joined the sports and specials unit at WGBH in 1976 as an assistant working on tennis programming. (Historical note: In 1963, WGBH introduced tennis to American TV, with sportscaster Bud Collins and the National Doubles from…

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John Kerr featured in national AP story

From the Associated Press Seasonal ranger John Kerr poses in front of the wilds Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Kerr, 69, retired as the public face of Boston public TV station WGBH and is now a park ranger. (AP Photo by Douglas C. Pizac) More Baby Boomers Head to Mountain West…

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Becton Passes Baton to Abbott

From WGBH At a December 4 meeting of WGBH staff, longtime President Henry Becton ceremoniously passed the baton to Jon Abbott, who stepped in to the presidency in October after serving as Executive Vice President and COO. According to Cynthia Broner, their remarks met with a prolonged standing ovation for Henry’s nearly 38 years at…

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Pauline Mercer, 89, Energetic Producer, Administrator, Advocate

From WGBH QuickNooz Pauline Mercer died Sunday, November 11, 2007, at age 89, after an extended illness. Pauline began her career at ’GBH soon after our 1955 TV debut, first in a volunteer capacity and later as a staff producer (Elliot Norton Reviews) and administrator (Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!), retiring in 1993. More From Cynthia…

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Robert Hall, 70, WGBH-TV Engineer, Wearer of Many Hats

From TVTechnology.com – 8/31/2007 Television Innovator and Production Company Co-Founder, Robert Hall, Dies at 70 Robert H. Hall, a Philadelphia area television engineer and the co-founder of a television production company in that city, died at his home in Exton, Pa. on August 16. He was 70. Hall began his broadcasting career with WGBH in…

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Dave Davis, 81, WGBH Producer, Director, Manager

From Fred Barzyk At the age of 81 Dave passed away on May 23, 2007, in the kitchen of his home in Guyana. He and his wife Joyce had been retired and playing Jazz around the islands since 1993. From WGBH QuickNooz (by permission) — 8/20/2007 Sad news from the Caribbean: Former WGBH Station Manager…

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What’s (Still) Happening Mr. Silver?

From WGBH Quicknooz (used by permission) David Silver, who hosted and wrote his own WGBH talk show, What’s Happening Mr. Silver?, and produced PBS’s first weekly magazine series, Great American Dream Machine, will debut his one-man show, From Mod to G-D, at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City on 8/29. The show incorporates…

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Frontline executive editor Lou Wiley to retire

From Louis Wiley, Jr. (via Fred Barzyk) Hello Frontliners and Frontline/Worlders – Uncle Lou (that would be me) has some news. I have decided to ease into retirement and reinvent myself. Beginning September 1, I will be working half-time, and on Jaunuary 1, 2008, I will become a consultant on call or as David likes…

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A world of song

From Michael Ambrosino: When you think how public broadcasting has changed over our last 50 years, it seems impossible to imagine what will be happening in that new facility in 2057!

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Baird Hastings, 88, WGBH-FM host

From Thevillager.com Baird Hastings, eclectic music director, dies at 88 Baird Hastings, a conductor, music director, Mozart specialist and longtime Village resident, died May 16 at the age of 88. He was a founder and director of the Mozart Festival Orchestra of New York City, whose affairs he administered from his Greenwich Ave. apartment. Much…

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Jack D. Summerfield, 79, WGBH Manager

From The New York Times Jack D. Summerfield, 79. Communications Professor, writer, and loving father. During his career, Summerfield managed radio and TV stations (WGBH, WRVR, and KPBS), won numerous national awards including the Peabody, volunteered in the Peace Corps and passionately taught college students. He is survived by his children Edward Ford, Jenna Lynn,…

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John LaBounty, 79, 40 years at WGBH as Engineer, Supervisor

From Gail Martin — 3/30/2007 We have received the sad news that longtime WGBH engineer John LaBounty died yesterday at Emerson Hospital in his hometown of Concord, MA.  We learned John had had a massive stroke last week.  I have included the URL detailing service & funeral arrangements.  Please forward this to others who should…

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Memorial Service for Ricardo Camacho

From Ricardo’s family In Memoriam Ricardo Camacho – 1958-2007 The honor of your presence is requested at a memorial service/mass Saturday the thirty-first (31st) of March at eleven (11:00) a.m. St. John the Evangelist Church 2270 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA Please do not send flowers. Donations can be made to Children’s Hospital Boston.

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Ricardo Comacho, 49, Editor for Destinos and La Plaza

From Raquel Ortiz — 3/19/2007 I am sorry to have to share this very sad news … but it seems that last week was a particularly sad one for the WGBH family. Ricardo Camacho passed away on Saturday March 10, 2007 at dawn with his brother by his side. The private funeral for his immediate…

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