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Gallagher Honored With E. Noel Luddy Award

AFCCE named recognized her Nov. 20

Ann Gallagher is shown here with 2013 Luddy Award Winner Norman Miller The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers has named the FCC’s Ann Gallagher as the recipient of its E. Noel Luddy Award for years of meritorious service to the telecommunications industry.

The award was given to her at the organization’s FCC reception, which is held annually at the National Press Club.

Gallagher is an electronics engineer as well as the chief of the Cross Border, Negotiations and Treaty Compliance Branch in FCC’s International Bureau. She began work in broadcasting engineering with Jules Cohen & Associates in 1983, then serving in positions with engineering firms duTreil, Lundin & Rackley and Lahm, Suffa & Cavell (making AFCCE Board Member Gary Cavell a former boss).

She also had a stint at the Voice of America and served as managing of engineering at Moffet, Larson & Johnson, before joining the FCC’s Audio Division in September 1999 to work on AM and digital radio issues.

The award was named for lifelong radio enthusiast Noel Luddy, who was in charge of radio communications for the Signal Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He subsequently served for many years in several engineering capacities with RCA. With Dielectric’s acquisition of the RCA broadcast antenna business, he joined Dielectric as a consultant. Luddy also served on the AFCCE Board of Directors.

Previous Luddy award winners include John Reiser, Jules Cohen and Bruce Franca. She is shown with 2013 recipient Norman Miller.