Newburgh, IN - Jul 25, 2007 - James H. Kemman of ERI died of cancer on July 25. He was 70 years old.
He was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Altoona, PA. Previously, he worked for Silliman, Moffett and Kowolski and later Silliman and Silliman in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD, for 23 years. His career started as a chief engineer of radio station WLAN in Lancaster, PA.
Kemmen joined Silliman, Moffett and Kowalski in 1964. He was a field engineer specializing in AM field measurements and later began performing FM measurements. In 1970 he joined ERI as the only engineer on staff at the Newburgh, IN, manufacturing facility. Kemmen continued to work for Silliman and Silliman as a senior broadcast consulting engineer. In 1987, he joined ERI full-time and worked there until July 1, 2007, when he took a medical leave of absence.
While at ERI, Kemmen's duties included director of the ERI laboratory, involvement with the ERI antenna array software development, FM system designs for multiplex FM systems, field service and in-house engineering operations. Kemmen was also a member of the ERI board of directors.