Sad news, indeed...
Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 03:45:02 -0700
From: Garry Margolis
Subject: John Eargle...
It is with great sadness that I inform you that John Eargle, one of
the finest audio engineers and teachers it's been my privilege to
know, has passed away.
He was scheduled to speak to an Audio Engineering Society chapter in
Minnesota on Tuesday evening, and when he failed to communicate with
them, his JBL colleagues went to his home and found his body.
John had a Masters in Music from Eastman and a Masters in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He was a fine pianist --
he had a Boesendorfer Concert Grand with extended bass in his living
room, and it shared the room with his Steinway D until the latter was
sold. His superb musicianship was evident in the many recordings he
engineered for Delos.
I met him when we worked together at JBL, and we quickly became
friends as well as colleagues. Although he retired from recording a
few years ago, he continued to consult for Harman International as
well as write and revise his superb textbooks on audio. He was a
regular lecturer at the Aspen Recording Institute every summer, and
he was a frequent speaker at both Acoustical Society of America and
Audio Engineering Society meetings.
For the past two decades, I had the privilege of assisting him with
his computing needs. He was expert in computer technical drawing --
he did all of his own book illustrations -- and, with the changes in
technical publishing, he became fluent in page layout as well. In
recent years, he took up photography with typically excellent results.
Because he lived alone and was concerned about what could happen if
he had a medical emergency, he recently decided to sell his home in
the hills above the Hollywood Bowl and move into a retirement
community. Ironically, his concern was justified.
Requiescat in pacem, my friend...