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An industry pioneer passes...
Bob Paulson
Very Distinguised Engineer and Longtime SMPTE/New England Member

March 26, 2010: We received word today that distinguished SMPTE Member and Fellow C. Robert Paulson passed away on Wednesday.

Bob was extremely well-known to us here in the New England Section and SMPTE Headquarters.

The text from his Section Candidate form submitted in 2000 has the following brief biography:

    "Strategic marketing / technical counselor to global television/audio/telecommunications, computer clients, Writer/ NAB Engineering Handbook ?Fiber Optics,? McGraw Hill, ?DTV Facilities & Networks Design,? SMPTE Life Fellow, Past Governor, Section Chairman, Chair/ varied Technology Committees, member/ SMPTE Journal Editors Board, IEEE Life Member, AFCEA Life Fellow, SBE Life Certified Senior Engineer, Charter Member, AES, ITVA. Education: AB & MSEE, Dartmouth College."

Our clear recollections are that he served with extreme distinction to the SMPTE Community, as well as many others, in the following capacities:

NE Section - Manager, meeting organizer, Chair, Presenter
SMPTE Eastern Region Governor
SMPTE Standards Committee(s) (Multiple occasions)
SMPTE Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society Nominee
SMPTE Fellow
Member of the Iron Test Pattern

Bob was always good for a story about our industry's history and usually provided much-needed perspective on where we were at the time or were going.

On behalf of Past Chairman John Gates, Phil Ozek, Current Chairman Kevin Lessard and the entire SMPTE Community, we have conveyed our deep condolences to Bob?s son Kirk Paulson.

Kirk has provided the following Memorial Service information

C. Robert (Bob) Paulson
March 11, 1923 – March 24, 2010

Calling Hours:
Sunday, March 28, 3 - 6pm
Rand-Harper-Pickering Funeral Home
62 West Main St
Westborough, MA

Memorial Service:
Monday, March 29 11am
Evangelical Congregational Church

Directly across Main St. from funeral home.


Paul R. Beck
Television, Radio & Film Group
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 617-824-8834 FAX: 617-824-8856

Posted: 26 March 2010
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor
blamm@cync.com