Hobson dies at 59

Edward P. Hobson II, a long-time industry veteran and vice president at National TeleConsultants since 2002, died Jan. 28 in Nevada City, CA, after suffering from cancer. Hobson was 59.

Born in Trenton, NJ, Hobson was an accomplished executive in the television industry for more than three decades and a past president, governor, and Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He served as a member of the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) board of directors and in 2006 was named a Fellow in the BKSTS. Hobson graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, in 1971 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He worked at WRPI radio during college and began his professional career as a broadcast and production engineer at WTEN-TV in Albany, NY, and WRGB, Schenectady NY.

Joining the Grass Valley Group in 1980, Hobson held several positions during his 13-year career at the company. During his career he also worked at Graham-Patten Systems in Grass Valley CA, and at Sony Electronics’ Broadcast and Professional Group in San Jose, CA. Hobson co-founded Omneon Video Networks in Mountain View, CA, before joining National TeleConsultants.

Those wishing to send memorial contributions may do so to the Hospice of the Foothills ( www.hofo.org) or the American Cancer Society ( www.cancer.org).