Industry loses friend/technical expert

Livingston, a 28-year Panasonic employee, passed away Nov. 8.
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Livingston was most recently vice president for technical liaison for Panasonic.

Philip Livingston, a highly respected and well-liked broadcast and video industry expert, died Nov. 8 in Secaucus, NJ.

Livingston was a 28-year Panasonic employee and held numerous positions there. Most recently he was vice president for technical liaison.

Livingston began his four-decade long broadcast engineering career in radio, first at WVOS, and then at WVIP and the Herald Tribune Radio Network in New York State. He moved to television with the construction of WOKR-TV in Rochester, N.Y., in 1962. Livingston subsequently worked in instructional television in Rochester N.Y., establishing a citywide ITFS system for the city school district. Prior to joining Panasonic, Livingston served at the State University of New York for 10 years as chief television engineer and associate director for instructional resources, and was then engineering vice president of Telecommunications Systems, a systems integrator in Nashua, N.H.

A member of SMPTE, Livingston chaired the Committee on Television Production Technology (P-18) for two years, also representing Panasonic on the board of WHD-TV, the digital model station in Washington, D.C. He was involved in the work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) since 1987 and served on the organization's board of directors. He was elected chairman in 2002, and re-elected in 2003.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of 140 Littleton Road, Parsippany, NJ, 07054.