Howard Stucker 1935-2021
Jerry L. Isenhower
1947 - 2021
Jerry was a past member of the Board of Managers of SMPTE Hollywood, and past Chapter Education Chairman, creating and overseeing a number of events. Jerry also served as AV Chairman on two of the SMPTE Annual Conferences in Hollywood. Jerry, along with Milt Shefter and John Brooks, was one of the original three founders of the SMPTE Louis F. Wolf Scholarship, securing the initial funding for the program from his then employer, Toyota Motors. Jerry was also past President of the Society of Television Engineers, and was an avid Amateur Radio Operator.
Born in Florence, South Carolina, Jerry began his professional career in the U.S. Navy, serving as a fire control computer and radar technician aboard the USS Princeton during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge in 1968, Jerry moved into broadcasting, joining the production operations staff of WPTV in Palm Beach, Florida. Jerry came to California in 1974, taking charge of Television Production Operations for the Torrance Unified School District, where he developed a training curriculum in television production and equipment maintenance. Later, Jerry moved to Sony Broadcast, writing and producing training programs, and supervising technical directors and system technicians.
Jerry joined the NBC Television Network in Burbank in 1982 as a Videotape Maintenance Engineer, advancing to Manager of Maintenance less than one year later, responsible for training and supervision of Video Tape Maintenance Engineers. Jerry helped form, and became manager of, the On-Air Operations department, where he oversaw the migration between various tape formats and finally to file based playout systems.
In 1989, Jerry was recruited by Toyota Motors as the General Manager for their new Video Production Center at the U.S. Headquarters in Torrance, California. Jerry was responsible for all aspects of the facility, from initial commissioning and staffing to daily management of the$8,000,000+ broadcast television and satellite uplink plant, producing training and promotional programs for delivery to over 360 Toyota facilities nationwide.
Retiring from Toyota, Jerry joined the staff of KSCI-TV in Los Angeles, a multi-language broadcaster supplying ethnic program channels to the Southern California area. Acting as the engineering liaison for the production and post production departments, Jerry oversaw projectengineering and maintenance. Jerry later became Senior Project Manager at DirecTV, in charge of the design and implementation of IT based program content delivery systems, including integration of control and program information services.
Jerry's beloved wife Sabina passed away in 2018. Jerry is survived by his siblings, Jim Porter of Glen Allen, VA, Nancy Isenhower-McGraw of Gaffney, SC, Laura Bess Stanford of Longview, TX, his brother in law Nino Raposo of Ontario, CA, nephews Francisco and Esteban, and his beloved grandniece Gianna.
Services are planned for mid-January.