US: The death has been announced of John Morgan Eargle, former senior director, product development and application at JBL. Eargle - who was 76 - has been described by Dr. Sidney Harman as a "giant" of the industry, reports PSN-e.
Eargle joined JBL as a consultant in 1976, before moving shortly afterwards to a full-time position as vice-president of product development. In the early 1980s, he returned to a consultancy role with the title senior director, product development and application - a position he held for the rest of his life.
Notable achievements include product development for Harman brands including JBL, promoting the concept of flat power response in sound reinforcement applications, and the recent writing of a company chronicle, The JBL Story: 60 Years of Audio Innovation.
Eargle was also an experienced recording engineer and producer, logging studio time on hundreds of albums. In 2001, this part of his working life saw him win the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for a recording of Dvor_k's 'New World Symphony'.
"John Eargle cannot be replaced, but his life, his vision, and his many contributions to our industry can and will be memorialised in concrete ways by our company," said Dr. Harman, who noted that JBL/Harman had lost a "beloved and revered" member of its team.
A remembrance website has now been established by industry colleagues (see link below)