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David A. Cohn, pioneering CBS engineer, dies

David A. Cohn, formerly one of CBS Television’s top engineers and a pioneer in the development of electronic news gathering, has died.

A resident of Boynton Beach, Florida, Cohn 82, died on Dec. 16, 2004 in Boca Raton, reported.

Cohn joined CBS in 1966 as a project manager and was involved with NFL telecasts, space launches and coverage of political conventions. In 1975, he became director of engineering and operations technology for the CBS Television Stations Division. He retired from CBS in 1989.

Among his accomplishments was designing a see-through parabolic microphone and designing sound systems for Yankee Stadium and the White House during the Kennedy administration. He also helped design the transmitter that once sat atop the World Trade Center.

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