John Battison, the founder of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, has passed. According to SBE, he leaves behind a wife, daughter, son and a legion of friends and colleagues. He was closing in on his 97th birthday.
SBE President Ralph Hogan stated, “John’s dream to form an organization devoted solely to the professional development of broadcast engineers and the field of broadcast engineering was realized far beyond what he had imagined. For more than 48 years, the organization, which was fueled in its early days by his vision and passion, has positively affected the lives and careers of thousands of men and women who have made broadcast engineering their career. All of us, who have benefited from our affiliation with the SBE during our careers, owe a debt of gratitude to SBE Member #1, John Battison.”