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Pro Audio In Memoriam 2020

Here, we honor audio pros the industry lost this year that were memorialized in the pages of Pro Sound News, starting in January 2020 and moving chronologically through the year to December.

In memoriam

New York, NY 2020 (December 24, 2020)—As we look back at 2020, it is impossible to think of the year without remembering all the people we’ve lost. COVID-19 has taken more than 300,000 people in the United States at this writing, and sadly more will join that terrible number in the weeks and months to come. We offer our sympathies to all who have lost someone this year.

In the pro-audio industry, many succumbed to the virus, but there were likewise many who came to the end of their travels for other reasons. Here, we honor audio pros the industry lost this year that were memorialized in the pages of Pro Sound News, starting in January 2020 and moving chronologically through the year to December.

Tim Boyle, Hollywood Score Mixer, Dead at 71

Recording Engineer Nick Blagona, Dead at 74

Producer Andrew Weatherall, Dead at 56

Legendary Monitor Engineer Brian Hendry Passes at 67

Lectrosonics Rep Howard Kaufman Passes

Legendary Producer Keith Olsen Dead

Tom Kobayashi, Skywalker Sound / ISDN Pioneer, Dead at 91

Larry Edgeworth, NBC News Audio Tech, Dies of COVID-19

Producer/Engineer Knox Phillips, Dead at 74

Sam Clayton Jr, Producer-Engineer / Jamaican Bobsled Team Member, Dead at 58

Roy Williams, FOH Engineer for Robert Plant/Led Zeppelin, Dead at 73

Producer Robert “Bobby Digital” Dixon, Dead at 59

Producer/Artist Rupert Hine, Dead at 72

Former Sennheiser Executive Paul Whiting Passes

Ken Nightingall, Star Wars Boom Operator, Dead at 92

Hard Rock Producer/Engineer Martin Birch, Dead at 71

FOH Engineer Vinnie Kowalski, Dead at 58

Legendary Studio Designer Francis Manzella Passes

Barry O’Hare, Jamaican FOH Engineer, Dead at 56

David Croxton, KV2 Sales Director, Dead at 59

Zappa Engineer/Pro-Audio Exec Mark Pinske Dead at 70

Mark Brunner, Shure Executive, Passes

BAE Audio Founder Cameron “Brent” Averill, 1949-2020

Recording Engineer Donald C. Hahn Passes at 81

Bruce Swedien, Legendary Engineer, Dead at 86

Producer Jason Slater, Dead at 49

 

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