Jeanne Brodeur, 58, pioneering fundraiser

From QuickNooz

Deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former ’GBHer Jeanne Brodeur, who passed away Mon, 10/19 in California, where she served as VP for Development at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Jeanne started at WGBH in the 1970s right out of college, and worked in the Development department until 1980. She was an enthusiastic fundraiser who helped pioneer the idea of giving premiums to donors – including WGBH golf umbrellas in the mid ’70s that dotted the Boston metro area for years to come. Read more...

Kate Billings, 52, associate producer

From QuickNooz (with permission) — 9/8/2009

Former ’GBHer Katherine Ann Billings passed away in Sandwich on Wed, 9/2 at age 52.

Born in St. Paul, MN, Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota and started her career at KTCA St. Paul. She came to WGBH Boston in 1987 to work as an associate producer for both the Auction and TV pledge drives. She went on to work for development at WETA in Washington, DC where she produced an award-winning pledge special with actor David Suchet. Read more...

Gerald Dash, 68, Cable TV pioneer

From Multichannel News

Gerald Dash, whose long cable career began with early franchising efforts and selling HBO subscriptions, died on Aug. 30 at his home in Tucson, Ariz., of a terminal illness, family members said. He was 68.

Inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 2005, when he was a senior VP of training at RCH Cable Outsourcing Services, Dash began his cable career selling door to door. “That was the real key to me,” he recalled in 2005, adding: “There’s never been a dull day, even though sales people have never really been recognized.”

Bob Walker, 77, former news director

Via QuickNooz

A memorial service was held Sunday, 8/2, for former WGBH news director Bob Walker, who passed away on Monday, 7/27. He was 77.

Before coming to WGBH, Bob worked at WFAA in Dallas, where he broke the stories of both the Kennedy and Oswald assassinations in 1963. He then served as news director at WGBH before going to ABC radio in New York in 1968.

Jeanie Angier, director of national promotion

Deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former ’GBHer Jeanie Angier, who passed away May 8. Jeanie worked at WGBH from 1978 to 1993, eventually holding the position of Director of National Promotion. She started out at WGBH as a publicist for NOVA, and it was during that time that she met her husband, then fellow ’GBHer John Angier. Read more...

Frances Shrand, 82, Spider’s Web actor

From Cynthis Broner

Former ’GBHer Frances Shrand, of Brighton, died Sun, 3/15.

Her career included time as an actress, an elocution teacher, and a children’s etiquette instructor, but Frances may be best remembered at WGBH for her work on The Spider’s Web, the WGBH radio production for which she won two Armstrong Awards. The Spider’s Web, which debuted on 89.7 in 1970, was one of WGBH’s earliest productions aimed at promoting literacy.

Memorial Service for Bunny Olenick

From Fred Barzyk

A memorial service honoring the life of Bernice Olenick will be held on Sunday January 11th, at 2 pm at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon Street, Brookline (1 block outbound/west of Washington St.).

Following the service, there will be a reception at her apartment house, 1550 Beacon St. (1 block east of Washington St.) in the 3rd floor community room.