TV Stereo and RDS Pioneer Tom Mock Dies

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TV Stereo and RDS Pioneer Tom Mock Dies

Jan 25, 2011 3:45 PM

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Sheffield, PA - Jan 24, 2011 - Thomas Daniel Mock, age 76, died in his Sheffield, PA, home on Jan. 20, 2011. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes.

Mock was born Feb. 9, 1934 near Pittsburgh, PA. He lived in the Pittsburgh area until graduating from college. His parents, John and Margaret (Peg) Mock lived in the Pittsburgh area until their retirement, at which time they moved to Sheffield.

After graduating from Carnegie Tech with a degree in electronics engineering, Mock served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Upon completing his military service, he moved to Maryland where he lived until 2004. Returning to Pennsylvania, he moved to Sheffield and into the house where his parents had lived.

Kelly Christensen, CEO of StratosAudio, describes Mock as a man of great intelligence and ingenuity, as well as one of great integrity, which led him to become a nationally prominent and very well respected figure in the field of consumer electronics engineering.

From 1956 until 1981 he served in various engineering capacities in the government and private sectors related to the military and Department of Defense. These included the NSA, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Raytheon. He worked at the Consumer Electronics Association, a sector of the EIA (Electronics Industries Association), from 1981 until 2000 where as director, technology and standards, his duties included staffing of technical committees in the areas of product safety and compliance, vehicular electronics, and liaison with other associations and consortia.

While with the CEA/EIA he was directly involved with the development of stereo broadcasting for TV for which the Association won an Emmy, initiation of the home automation program which became CEBus, introduction and standardization of the Radio Data System (RDS) in the United States, standardization of the Closed Captioning and the eXtended Data System (XDS) for TV, development of the V-Chip parental control system and, coordination of CEA Intelligent Transportation System activities with ITSA and SAE. He also served as U.S. delegate on several IEC committees.

Mock was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC), and the RDS Forum. He was also a member of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standards Technical Panel (STP) for UL 6500 and UL 1678.

Tom Mock led the engineering and technical development efforts for StratosAudio in enabling interactive radio on mobile devices beginning in 2001. In 2004 Stratos won Best of Innovations at CES in the Mobile Devices category with Motorola and Hyundai Autonet demonstrating a fully operational interactive car radio.

Mock was also an integral part of the global patent team at StratosAudio. To date he has contributed as a named inventor to patents filed and/or granted in more than 20 countries for StratosAudio.

He was involved in the community of Sheffield, attended St. Anthony's Catholic Church, was a member of the Sheffield Rod and Gun Club, and served on the board of the Sheffield Water Association.

A memorial mass will be held Jan. 26, 2011, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Sheffield. A graveside service will be held after the mass at St. Michael's Cemetery. Following that, a bereavement luncheon will be held at the church.

In lieu of flowers, his family wants to honor his memory in asking that donations be sent in Mock's honor to the Sheffield Food Pantry, a charity supported by St. Anthony's Church. Donations in his honor can be sent via St Anthony's Catholic Church; 7222 Route 6; Sheffield, PA 16347; att: Father Steve (814-968-5915). Mark the donations for the Sheffield Food Pantry.