Condolences

Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences to the Family of

Robben Wright Fleming

President, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1979-1981

We will long remember with gratitude Mr. Fleming’s years of service at the corporation.

Mr. Fleming led CPB in its response to the second Carnegie Commission on the future of public broadcasting, reaffirming the importance of CPB as part of the public broadcasting system.

He strengthened CPB as an editorial firewall by helping to create CPB’s program fund and instituting the use of panels of outside experts for evaluating program proposals.

He increased the diversity of the public broadcasting system by doubling the grant programs for the training and development of minority and women employees and executives at public broadcasting stations.

He focused attention on the financial management and reporting of public broadcasting stations, bringing them into line with generally accepted accounting standards for non-profit organizations.

He secured a 15-year, $150-million grant from the Annenberg school of communication, making possible the first Annenberg/CPB project to support the production of dozens of high-quality, college-level courses for delivery through public broadcasting and other noncommercial telecommunications systems.

And he pointed public broadcasting toward the future by encouraging and funding extensive research and experimentation in a wide variety of telecommunications technologies.

The Board extends its deepest sympathies to the Fleming family.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences to the Family of

Winter D. Horton, Jr.

Member, CPB Board of Directors, 1998-2002

The board will long remember Mr. Horton’s years of service on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Mr. Horton brought to public broadcasting his passion for public service, his dedication, and a clear vision for public broadcasting’s place in American culture.

Under Mr. Horton’s leadership, CPB reaffirmed the value of educational programming and noncommercial integrity of public broadcasting; advancing our public service mission to the benefit of our nation.

The board extends its deepest sympathies to the Horton family.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

Richard H. Madden

Vice President, Radio, 1998-2002

Director, Radio, 1997-1998

Director, Radio Program Fund and System Development Fund, 1998-1997

Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Director, Radio Program Fund, 1988-1989

Assistant to the Vice President, Telecommunications, 1985-1988

Deputy Director for Broadcast Services, 1983-1985

The Board gratefully acknowledges and will long remember Rick's 33 years of distinguished association with public radio; his leadership, his passion for public service and his vision for public radio's place in American culture.

During his 19 years of service at CPB, Rick touched every corner of public radio with his inovative thinking, dedication, integrity, and good cheer.

Rick identified and supported shows that are now public radio mainstays. Under Rick's guidance, three national station grant reviews produced policies that fostered the growth of rural and minority stations as well as the broader public radio industry.

Rick pushed public radio to serve more listeners in more ways while maintaining its core values. For his vision and high standard of public service, Rick's public radio colleagues honored him with the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Rick's impact on public radio is certain to outlast his all too short time with us. We will miss him greatly.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2002
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

Lillian Fernandez

Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations, 1994-1995

Senior Vice President, Government Relations, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, 1995-1997

The Board gratefully acknowledges Ms. Fernandez's service to CPB and the public broadcasting system; her development of effective legislative and executive strategies; her work to sustain relationships with congress and other public broadcasting organizations; her success in concert with public broadcasting colleagues to maintain federal funding for public broadcasting; and her contributions to strengthening CPB's ancillary revenue policy.

The Board extends its appreciation for Ms. Fernandez's dedication and hard work in these areas, and extends its deepest sympathy to the Fernandez family.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

Gerard "Rod" Coppola

Engineer, WNET Educational Broadcast Corporation, 1985-2001

For his 16 years of service to public broadcasting; for his creativity, resourcefulness, and talents; for his many contributions which were essential to the development of WNET's digital transition; for his dedication and commitment to his work and his family; for his generous nature and good humor.

The Board extends its appreciation, as well as deepest sympathy, to the Copppla family.

We join the nation in mourning the loss of Mr. Coppola and the many others who perished on September 11, 2001.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

N. Joseph Welling

Director, Ohio University Telecommunications Center, 1970-1995

Member, Board of Directors, National Public Radio, 1970-1976

Member, Board of Directors, Public Broadcasting Service, 1981-1987

For his 25 years of distinguished association with public broadcasting; for his vision and integrity; for his selfless commitment to civic involvement; for his leadership, hard work, dedication and numerous contributions to the public broadcasting community; and for being a wise and thoughtful colleague, the Board extends this appreciation, as well as its heartfelt and deepest sympathy, to the Welling family.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

James T. Yee

Executive Director, Independent Television Service (ITVA), 1994-2000

Executive Direcetor and Co-founder of the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA), 1981-1994

For his 20 years of distinguished association with public broadcasting; for his groundbreaking work to encourage diversity and welcome innovation in public television; a visionary who inspired his colleagues to action; a tireless advocate for the work of independent producers who provide their creativity and passion to the public television system; for his leadership, integrity, dedication, hard work, and numerous contributions to the public broadcasting community; and for being a wise and steadfast friend, the board extends this appreciation, as well as its hearfelt and deepest sympathy to the Yee family.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

Joshua Darsa

Senior Program Officer, CPB, 1996-1999

Associate Director, News and Public Affairs, 1984-1996

Reporter, Producer, and Writer, NPR, 1971-1981

For his nearly 30 years of distinguished association with public broadcasting; for his passionate commitment to journalism and for his leadership in integrating journalism and news into public affairs; for his award-wining coverage of the Olympics and the Watergate hearings; for his role in developing critically acclaimed programs like The McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, Frontline, and Eyes on the Prize; for his high journalistic standards of excellence and insistence on balance and objectivity; for his integrity, dedication, hard work, and numerous contributions to the public broadcasting community; and for being a true gentleman, the Board extends this appreciation, as well as its heartfelt and deepest sympathy, to the Darsa family.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2000
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

Diane D. Blair

Member, CPB Board of Directors, 1993-2000

Chair, CPB Board of Directors, 1997-1999

Vice Chair, CPB Board of Directors, 1996-1997

Chair, Education Committee, 1995-1996

The Board gratefully acknowledges and will long remember Ms. Blair's nearly 20 years of distinguished association with public broadcasting; her leadership, dedication, and numerous contributions to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the entire public broadcasting community; her passion and commitment to bringing education to the unserved and underserved members of American society; and her wisdom, diplomacy and vision, from which public broadcasting has so greatly benefited;

In recognition of her service to our mission and our nation, this Board hereby resolves that the new CPB board room be named The Diane D. Blair Room.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, July 11, 2000
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its deepest appreciation to

Peter Downey

Senior Vice President, PBS Program Business Affairs

For his nearly 40 years of distinguished association with public broadcasting; for his selfless dedication, hard work, and numerous contributions to the entire public broadcasting community; for his knowledge, understanding and diplomacy, which did so much to promote greater cooperation and unity of vision among the diverse elements of public broadcasting; for his wisdome, integrity, and wit; and for his deep commitment to the mission of public broadcasting in its service to the American people; the Board extends this appreciation as well as its heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Downey family.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2000