Jack Sellmeyer of Sellmeyer Engineering has informed SBE 67 that retired radio engineer Zaven (Doc) Masoomian has passed away.
Masoomian began in radio in the 1930s. He worked for many years at WQXR(AM/FM), New York, rising from studio engineer to chief engineer and retired from that station, writes Sellmeyer on the SBE 67 site.
Masoomian was followed as chief engineer at WQXR by Herb Squire. See the picture on this Radio World website page for a picture taken by Masoomian of Leonard Kahn and others installing one of Kahn’s AM exciters at WQXR.
Following his retirement, Masoomian moved to Plano, Texas and repped Northeast Broadcast Labs in that part of the state for several years, according to Sellmeyer.
Masoomian was a bomber pilot during WWII. He was shot down over Germany and became a POW. There is a video of Masoomian being honored by the local American Legion Post on the SBE site.
Masoomian also had a ham handle, K2CLQ.
Funeral services are pending for Masoomian, whose wife Margie preceded him in death. He is survived by four children.