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In memoriam: Tom Kite, Audio Precision

After a six-year battle with cancer, AP's vice-president of engineering has passed away

Audio Precision has announced “with profound sorrow” that, after a six-year battle with cancer, its vice-president of engineering, Tom Kite PhD, has passed away.

Dr Kite, who spent 16 years at Audio Precision (AP), was a key contributor to the development and evolution of its flagship audio analyser line, the APx500 series.

Dave Schmoldt, AP’s CEO, says: “Tom was passionate in his devotion to the advancement of audio measurement, to his AP colleagues and to his family. For those reasons, as well as his great intellect and engineering acumen, his ability to teach, his passion for learning, his unshakeable optimism in the face of adversity and for his humour and humanity, Tom was a loved and respected member of the Audio Precision team.

“He remains an inspiration to all of us and is dearly missed.”

Dr Kite joined Audio Precision in February of 1999 as a DSP engineer, and had by 2007 been promoted to director of engineering. After being promoted to VP of engineer in 2008, he oversaw all aspects of AP’s engineering efforts, “maintaining his responsibilities as system architect, product planner, and DSP coder even while waging his courageous fight with cancer”, says a statement from the company.

He was a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and an established member of the Audio Engineering Society, where he was a contributor in standards committees for audio test and measurement. He also holds two patents for audio measurement technology.

Prior to joining AP, Oxford and University of Texas alumni Dr Kite’s engineering experience included work at HP and Xerox Laboratories.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or The Founders Clinic.