The Presidential Proclamation Recipients

2013
William C. Miller

For contributions spanning decades and covering all aspects of the Society's key objectives in standards, education, and membership.  Mr. Miller has served in management roles including Governor, Section Chair, and Engineering Vice President, and has been a dedicated contributor in countless standards, conference, and Section activities.  Mr. Miller recently pioneered a program, in which he matched donations made by other SMPTE members to pay for student memberships.  More than 250 students are now members as a result.  Mr. Miller truly represents the best of SMPTE, as illustrated by his selfless commitment of both time and money, demonstrating an outstanding belief in the value and future of the Society.

William C. Miller is President of Miltag Media Technology, LLC, a consultancy specializing in technical standards for television and related industries. He has been a broadcaster for over 30 years and has been actively involved in the development of television standards for over twenty years.

Mr. Miller retired from the ABC Television Network as General Manager of Digital TV Planning and Standards in 2008 after a 33-year career in the network’s Broadcast Operations and Engineering division.  He is a Fellow of SMPTE and was awarded the Society's Progress Medal in 2002. He was Engineering Vice-President of SMPTE from 1996 to 2001 and currently serves on the Society's Board of Governors, Standards Committee, Nominating Committee, many of its Technology Committees and its Board of Editors. He is Past Chairman of the Society’s New York Section.   

Mr. Miller is a Member of IEEE and of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS).  He sits on the BTS Administrative Committee and serves as Chairman of its AV Measurements Techniques Standards Committee.

Mr. Miller was Chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s (ATSC) Technology and Standards Group (TSG) from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that, he was Chairman of ATSC’s Specialist Group on Audio and Video Coding.

Mr. Miller has been a speaker and session chair at many technical conferences, including the annual BTS Broadcast Symposium, the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference and the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference, as well as at New York IEEE and SMPTE meetings.  He received an Emmy for his contributions to ABC's coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics.  He earned an AB from Columbia University in 1973.


2011
Douglas Trumbull

For his more than four and a half decades of pioneering work in visual effects photography and ground-breaking innovation in motion picture technologies.  As a film director, special effects supervisor and inventor, Mr. Trumbull has established himself as a respected visionary in the development of important new photographic processes and technologies. Among his many accomplishments, he conducted pioneering biometric research into the audience response to high frame-rate imaging.  This contributed to his dedicated and persistent work in the development of ShowScan, a novel cinematic process using 65mm film at 60 frames per second, resulting in an image with extraordinary high definition as well as smoother and more realistic rendering of motion.  His work continues today with new inventions in digital stereoscopic 3D high-frame rate imaging system.

2010
No Award Given.

2009
No Award Given.

2008
No Award Given.

2007
Edgar A. Schuller

For over 55 years of wide ranging work in the motion picture industry developing methods for film distribution and video projection  From Chief Instructor of the U.S. Army’s Motion Picture Sound Recording School in the early 1950s to supervising construction of motion picture film laboratories, to developing the first commercial 16mm contact liquid printing system in 1961, through his formation of Cartridge Display Systems supplying large screen projection systems to entertainment and education venues, Ed has been a pioneer in developing applications and processes to further the distribution of motion imaging.

2006
No Award Given.

2005
No Award Given.

2004
American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)

Celebrating its 85 years of advancing the art of cinematography through its ideals of "loyalty, progress and artistry."

2003
Masura "Mac" Jibiki

Retired from Fuji Photo Film Co. in 2003, after a 37-year tenure. He contributed significantly to building new film stocks such as the industry's first high-speed color negative, Fuji 500T speed product. Jibiki held numerous positions at Fuji in both the U.S. and Japan. In the U.S., he worked as sole North American technical manager, where he was responsible for handling customer concerns and testing new film products. He was also the chief liaison between the manufacturing facility and end users. In Japan, he worked on the F-Series of color-negative film products that were introduced in the late 1980s. Jibiki has served on SMPTE Standards committees and the Fuji Gold Medal Award committee.

2002
Benjamin J. Homenick
(posthumous award)
Served as audio-visual chair at the last three technical conferences held in New York and served the New York Section for many years in numerous positions. Homenick was director of the Nassau County Police Department's Visual Communications Unit for 21 years, where he was responsible for all aspects of engineering, ranging from equipment specifications to operations. He oversaw the development of full-scale production facilities, which included a large television studio. Homenick was a founding and board member of the Long Island Film and TV Museum, a member of the AES, the Long Island Chapter of Media Communications Associates, and the Law Enforcement Video Association.

Vincent T. Slavin (posthumous award)
Began his career as a teenager working in Buffalo, NY, at local movie houses; later becoming a theater projectionist. Since the mid-60s he had operated his own production house, producing educational and training programs for industrial and commercial productions. In 1999 Slavin was presented with the Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society Award for his contributions to the Rochester Section. Prior to his death, Slavin had been reelected as Chairman of the Rochester Section. For over 11 years, he had organized the outstanding Student Film and Video Festival for New York State students. In his honor, the festival has since been renamed the Vincent T. Slavin Student Film and Video Festival.

Dominic J. Case
Manager, Group Technology & Services, Atlab Australia, is currently responsible for technology developments and quality control programs across the company's five laboratories. A SMPTE Fellow, Case has been an active participant in Society affairs, serving as a Manager, Section Chair, and International Governor. He is the author of two books on film processing and post-production and is a frequent presenter at SMPTE conferences, having had a number of papers published in the SMPTE Journal.

2001
Gerald R. Finn

For his tireless involvement in local as well as national activities of SMPTE. In 1981, he founded the Pasadena City College Student Chapter. As its faculty advisor, he has mentored countless young men and women who will become the future leaders of the film and television industries. Gerald Finn exemplifies what SMPTE stands for in the area of education.

2000
Klaus Landsberg
(posthumous award)
In recognition of his innovative leadership in the advancement of the medium of television. He was involved in the development of television technology from the 1930's until his death in 1956.

D. Peter Owen
In recognition of his involvement in groundbreaking developments across digital effects, graphics, editing, and post production in Quantel, and for leading the company's transition into digital film with Domino digital film optical system. Owen has been involved in many standards groups and representative bodies and has been an active and influential member of the industry's key organizations around the world.

1999
No Award Given.

1998
No Award Given.

1997
Richard J. Stumpf

In recognition of his long established and outstanding status and reputation in the motion picture and television industry, and his many years of contributions to the advancement of the sciences of motion imaging.

1996
Jerry Lewis

In recognition of his many years of experience and dedication to the motion picture and television fields. He has provided new tools, methods, and systems for direction photography, and sound/music recording.

1995
Daniel Castles

In recognition of his leadership in the television industry and his support of SMPTE and its standards work, particularly in the area of component and serial digital television signals and operations.

Leo J. Thomas
For his dedication to SMPTE and to motion pictures. As a scientist, he has led efforts to advance motion-imaging technology; as a business leader, he has driven the success of Kodak and the industry; and as a friend of SMPTE, he has provided insights into the future.
Akio Morita, for his vision and contribution to the electronics industry; he not only contributed to establishing Sony as a leader in electronics but also championed a movement to improve relations between Japan and the U.S.

1994
No Award Given.

1993
Richard C. Kirby

In recognition of his years of dedicated service to the international community and his innovative leadership in the advancement of the telecommunications sciences and the pursuit of global standards.

George T. Waters
For his leadership in expanding the interchange of technical information between the EBU and the SMPTE, thereby fostering and increasing the opportunities for achieving compatible worldwide television standards.

1992
Ronald W. Jarvis

In recognition of his leadership in directing many technical film innovations and for his encouragement and support of employee participation in the SMPTE.

Howard Miller
In recognition of his continued pursuit of new technology and his active support of SMPTE and other industry engineering committees.

Charles A. Steinberg
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry and of his long-term support of SMPTE activities.

1991
Brian D. Baldry

In recognition of his many years of dedicated engineering leadership in the television industry and his continuing support of SMPTE activities.

Julius Barnathan
In recognition of his innovative leadership in the advancement of television technology, including guidance of the technical production of nine broadcasts of the Olympics and contributions to the technology for closed-captioning for the hearing-impaired.

J. R. (Dick) Monaco
In recognition of his continuing lifelong commitment to innovative technical improvements within the motion picture and video industries and his many years of support for SMPTE activities.

Burton (Bud) Stone
For his dedicated involvement within the motion picture industry. Mr. Stone is responsible for much of the progress of the film laboratory technology.

1990
James C. McKinney

In recognition of his years of dedicated service to the television industry and his most recent outstanding leadership in the U.S. advanced television activities and the pursuit of global standards for high-definition television production and emission standards.

Bengt O. Orhall
In recognition of his innovative leadership in the motion picture and television laboratory industry and for his significant contributions to the Society as International Governor. His initiatives resulted in the formation of the Nordic SMPTE Section.

Michael J. Sherlock
In recognition of his outstanding contributions and leadership in the advancement of television technology and for his continued support of SMPTE activities.

1989
Angelo D'Alessio

In recognition of his many years of diligent effort, resulting in the formation of the Italian SMPTE Section, the first in continental Europe.

Joseph Roizen (posthumously)
In recognition of his significant technical contributions to the motion picture and television industries and for his many years of active and valued participation in SMPTE activities.

Nobutada Yagi
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to education in motion picture and television technology and for his dynamic role in the continuing liaison and cooperative endeavors between Motion Picture and Television Engineers of Japan and the SMPTE.

1988
John Barry

In recognition of his innovative leadership in the motion picture industry worldwide and his many years of support in SMPTE activities.

Roland G. F. Chase
In recognition of his technical and management leadership in the motion picture industry and his years of support of the SMPTE and its sister society, the BKSTS.

Robert M. Smith
In recognition of his technical leadership in the motion picture and television laboratory industries and his many years of continued support in SMPTE activities.

Heinrich L. Zahn
In recognition of his many years of technical innovation and leadership in the television industry and his years of support in SMPTE activities.

1987
Richard R. Green

In recognition of his technical leadership in the Public Broadcasting Service and his many years of support in SMPTE activities.

William A. Koch
In recognition of his many years of innovative leadership in the motion picture industry and his continuing strong support in SMPTE activities.

Findlay J. Quinn
In recognition of his technical leadership in the development of a strong motion picture laboratory industry in Canada and for his many years of continuing support in SMPTE activities.

1986
Herbert E. Farmer

In recognition of the many years he has contributed towards the advancement of educational opportunities for engineering students.

Guy Gougeon
In recognition of his outstanding engineering leadership, and for his continued support of SMPTE activities in general and to the Canadian Sections in particular.

Daniel E. Slusser
In recognition of his significant role in supporting the first spring tutorial of the Hollywood Section in 1984, and his continuing support of Society activities.

1985
Harold Greenberg

In recognition of his many contributions in the development of a strong and growing Canadian film industr, and for his continuous support of SMPTE activities.

William H. Smith
In recognition of his continuing dedication to the use of motion pictures, slides, and filmstrips in audiovisual communications.

Joseph D. Kelly
In recognition of his lifelong technological and innovative leadership in the fields of sound recording and processing for the motion picture and television industries.

1984
Edward H. Reichard

For his active support of the SMPTE over many years, and his outstanding contributions as a motion picture engineer during his career.

David W. Samuelson
For his support of the industry on an international level, and his long-standing contributions as a writer and lecturer.

1983
No Award Given.

1982
Norman R. Grover
In recognition of his technical leadership in the CBC and for his many years of support in SMPTE activities.    

Carlo Terzani
For his leadership in expanding the interchange of technical information between the EBU and SMPTE - thereby increasing opportunities for achieving compatible worldwide television standards.