Larry Cervon Dies at 86

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Larry Cervon Dies at 86

Jul 10, 2008 3:02 PM

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Quincy, IL - Jul 10, 2008 - Known for his work as a past president of Broadcast Electronics, Lawrence Cervon died on July 5, 2008, at his home in Laurel, NY. He was 86 and suffered from pulmonary fibrosis.

"Larry was a large presence in this industry. All of us who had the fortune to know him remember him with great fondness," said BE Vice President of RF Systems Tim Bealor, who worked with Cervon until his retirement from BE in 1991.

Cervon is being remembered this week for his leadership role at Broadcast Electronics and in the industry as a whole. He was president of Broadcast Electronics from 1976 to 1991. His service to the industry dates back to his days with RCA International, Westinghouse Electric and Gates Radio Company; Cervon succeeded Parker Gates as vice president and general manager of Gates Radio in 1967. In 1991, the National Association of Broadcasters recognized Cervon for his 45 years of vision and leadership in the development of high technology broadcast equipment.

In October 2007, Broadcast Electronics employees honored Cervon with a lifetime achievement award during a ceremony at the company's headquarters in Quincy. Cervon did not attend the event because of health reasons, but he participated through teleconferencing from his home in New York. Friends and former colleagues posted testimonials in an online site ( the time of the ceremony. This week, many of these same people as well as others are remembering Cervon for his contribution to the industry and to BE.

Broadcast Electronics employees remember Cervon as a caring leader. "He knew all the employees by name, and I think he was one that really cared about the employees and their happiness and welfare," said Kim Winking, marketing services manager for BE who also worked with Cervon.

Friends and former colleagues of Cervon are invited to share anecdotal stories and condolences online at