George Woodard Passes

A memorial service is planned for George Woodard this Saturday, June 28.

Several engineering contacts have told Radio World the service is at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas. 

Woodward died recently after a long illness, according to several who knew him.

Woodward began working at Continental Electronics in the 1960s in the midst of the Cold War where he helped to develop several high-power shortwave transmitters. His interest in shortwave led him to become associate director of engineering for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in 1985. He rose to become vice president of RFE/RL engineering in 1987 and eventually became DOE for the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau.

Now, the IBB calls its engineering department "Technology, Services and Innovation." The acting director of that department, Terry Balazs, told Radio World: " Over many years, George Woodard played important engineering leadership roles across U.S. international broadcasting. We extend our sympathies to his friends and family as they mourn his death."

Woodard returned to Continental as its vice president of engineering in 2000 and retired from the company in 2003, living in McKinney with his wife, Christina.


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I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing George when he was in Washington and I was not very high up on the 4th floor totem pole in the Cohen Building. He was really dedicated to HF broadcasting and really helped with the Continental 419F series transmitters at VOA, many of which are still on the air today.
By Sheldon Daitch on 6/25/2014
George was one of the best engineers I know. He was like a father for me. Could tell him my technical problems and he always came up with excellent advise. I did trust him so much. I will miss him.
By Peter Knopf on 6/24/2014

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