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John Eargle, an author, Sci-Tech Award winner, Grammy-winning recording engineer and longtime JBL consultant in electro-acoustical product development, died last week. He was 76.
For 31 years, Eargle worked primarily with JBL and other companies in the Harman International group, and since the early 1980s he held a consulting role with the title of senior director, product development and application.
In 2002, he shared a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the concept, design and engineering of the modern constant-directivity, direct radiator-style motion picture loudspeaker systems.
Eargle had just completed the book “The JBL Story: 60 Years of Audio Innovation.” His earlier works included “The Handbook of Recording Engineering,” “The Microphone Handbook,” “Handbook of Sound System Design” and “The Loudspeaker Handbook.”
He also recorded more than 250 albums; in 2001, he was awarded a Grammy for best-engineered album, classical, for Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89; Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World.”
John Morgan Eargle was born on January 6, 1931 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan and held degrees in engineering from the University of Texas and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
He was a fellow, honorary member and past national president of the Audio Engineering Society, and in 1984 won the Society’s Bronze Medal.
Tony Gieske contributed to this report.
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