Death of Founding Father

From: Jack Haas <>
Date: Mon Sep 19 2005 - 17:22:47 EDT


*F. Alton Everest: 1909--2005 <>
Stereophile Magazine - New York,NY,USA
... of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Member of the Audio
Engineering Society, and cofounder and past president of American
Scientific Affiliation. ...

F. Alton Everest: 1909–2005

/By Wes Phillips/

September 19, 2005 — /We were saddened to learn just this week that F.
Alton Everest died earlier in the month. Like many audiophiles, much of
what we know about acoustics was gleaned from Everest's authoritative
books on the subject, including several editions of his /Master Handbook
of Acoustics/, /Critical Listening and Auditory Perception/, and
/Acoustical Techniques for Home and Studio/. Everest packed a lot of
living into 95 years, earning a BSc in EE from Oregon State and an EE
from Stanford. He taught at Oregon State and Hong Kong Baptist
Universities, worked in film production for 25 years, and was an
acoustic consultant for 15. During WWII, he spent four years in undersea
acoustic research. He was an Emeritus Member of the Acoustical Society,
Life Member of the IEEE, Life Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture
and Television Engineers, Member of the Audio Engineering Society, and
cofounder and past president of American Scientific Affiliation. /

/ /

/We learned of Everest's death when we received the following
appreciation from Acoustical Research Associates' Geoff Goacher, who
signs himself "Alton's privileged protégé and friend."–Wes Phillips/

*Remembering F. Alton Everest (1909–2005)*

On September 5, 2005, renowned audio veteran F. Alton Everest passed
away at his home in Santa Barbara, CA. Having published over 20 popular
books on audio and acoustics, he was a familiar figure to many people
throughout the industry.

Alton witnessed firsthand the birth of the audio industry while starting
his career as a Stanford-trained electrical engineer in the 1930s. His
early work was conducted with such legends as Dr. Lee DeForest, the
famed inventor of the triode vacuum tube, and his schoolmates William
Hewlett and David Packard, the famous founders of Hewlett-Packard.

In World War II, the legendary UCLA physics professor Vern Knudsen
sought out Alton to head up an underwater sound research team to support
the Navy's war efforts. Having accepted this challenge, he spent the war
years throughout the Pacific studying acoustics for the government. This
experience fueled the fire for his lifelong love of the subject.

 From 1945 until 1971, he branched out as the director of production for
the Moody Institute of Science. This was a Christian evangelical
ministry that produced scores of award-winning science films that were
shown to millions of people around the world. Alton was supremely
flattered when /American Cinematographer/ called his film studio "the
biggest little studio in the world" in the 1960s.

Following his filmmaking experience, Alton then worked as an acoustical
consultant during the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, he found that
he enjoyed writing about his unique research, experiences, and solutions
as a means of helping others. Therefore, in his later "retirement" Alton
focused his efforts on writing. He published scores of technical
articles and books.

His book /Master Handbook of Acoustics/ (McGraw-Hill) is now in its
fourth edition and has been the best-selling book on the subject of
acoustics for more than 20 years. Although his writings represent only a
small fraction of his many contributions to the industry, it is perhaps
these classic "how-to" texts for which he will be best remembered.

Alton Everest was 95 years old and is survived by his wife, Bonnie Gail,
and his three children, Mona, Rebecca, and Daniel.

Received on Mon Sep 19 17:23:42 2005

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