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Thursday, September 25, 2003
It is my sad duty to report the death, August 29, of Jim McQuiston, after a long illness.
Jim was born in 1924 and grew up in DesMoines, Iowa. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy, as a Fire Control Technician on the destroyer Aylwin and survived the sinking of his ship. After the war, Jim earned a degree in Architectural engineering from Iowa State University. This discipline, which combines the aesthetic considerations of architecture with the nuts-and-bolts of building, was particularly appropriate to designing complex broadcasting facilities that became Jim's specialty.
Jim joined CBS Facilities Engineering in 1950, the year he graduated. This was a time of rapid expansion of the fledgling television industry and Jim soon became an expert in planning and design of radio, television and recording facilities. In Facilities Engineering, he headed design for many years, teaching generations of staffers and outside architects the rudiments of the craft. He retired in 1988.
More than for his technical expertise, Jim was known for his warmth the friendliness. As one former colleague put it, "Simply being in his presence made you feel good".
Thoughts and recollections would be welcomed by the family and may be sent to his widow: Mrs. Marion McQuiston 1 Alpine Drive Closter, NJ 07624-2808