Ex-SMPTE chief dies at 59


Edward Hobson, past president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, died Jan. 28 of cancer. He was 59.

As active member of the engineering community and a SMPTE Fellow, Hobson had been a member or officer of the society's board of governors since 1991. He was SMPTE president for the 2005-06 term.

"Ed will be remembered as the person who was always positive, friendly and outgoing. He served tirelessly for SMPTE and for the benefit of the industry," said SMPTE president Robert Kisor, who is vp engineering and technical services at Paramount.

Hobson, a fellow in the British Kinematograph, Sound & Television Society, held positions at companies including Grass Valley, Sony and Omneon. He most recently was vp at National Teleconsultants.

A service is scheduled for Saturday in Nevada City, Calif., with an additional service in New Jersey being planned.