Engineering scholarship honors pioneer of color televisionKSU Foundation
|The Loren Kirkwood Memorial
Scholarship benefits electrical engineering students. Kirkwood was
involved in the development of the CTC 100, the first color television.
(Photo: Courtesy of KSU Foundation)|
When Steve Kirkwood was young, he had no idea his father’s engineering
work would influence the development of color television. In fact, as vice
president of the consumer electronics division for RCA, Loren Kirkwood held 36
patents in radio and television.
Kirkwood was a senior member of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and served as engineering
policy council chairman for the Electronics Industries Association’s Consumer
Electronics Group. He directed all technical activities for demonstrations and
field tests of RCA’s new receivers, and was deeply involved in the development
of the CTC 100, the first color television, which sold in 1954 for $1,000.
Kirkwood worked for RCA until age 74, a few years before his death in
“He accomplished quite a bit,” said Steve Kirkwood, who recently
established the Loren Kirkwood Memorial Scholarship for electrical engineering
students in his father’s honor. “I thought it would be good for the university
and the family to recognize him.”
As a 1930 K-State electrical
engineering graduate and member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Loren Kirkwood
set an example followed by both his sons – Steve ’65, and Robert ’62, both
College of Business Administration graduates.
For a more permanent gift
to honor his family at K-State, Steve also used a distribution from his IRA
account to endow the Stephen, Robert and Loren Kirkwood Memorial Scholarships
for engineering and business students.
“We hope to give students some help,” he said. “With the economics of
college and how difficult it can be, it doesn’t allow a lot of time for work.
Hopefully the school can identify a worthy student who will do something
significant to demonstrate K-State’s expertise.”
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Gift honors K-State grad’s life,
As a young child in the early 1980s, Jason Hager watched
his dad earn a Kansas State University accounting degree in three years while
working full-time at a community grocery store.
“That’s just unheard of,”
he said of his father, who died in 2011. “From my earliest memories, he worked
Now, his father’s memory will live on at the university he
loved through a gift from his family. The gift will name a window in John
Hager’s honor inside the Berney Family Welcome Center, currently under
construction. The gift will also establish the John R. Hager Childcare Fund,
providing assistance with childcare costs for K-State students with children
enrolled in the K-State Center for Child Development.
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