Cynthia Upson, 49, a former vice president of communications for the Consumer Electronics Association, died Saturday, Feb. 17, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Mrs. Upson had worked for CEA from 1985 to 1998. Promoted to vice president in 1991, she worked to create campaigns in support of digital television, portable audio, home theater, mobile electronics and the v-chip initiative. She was also responsible for helping to increase press coverage of the International CES. Mrs. Upson also helped launch numerous CEA publications, including Vision magazine and the HDTV Guide. She was a founding member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. Last September she received the DTV Academy award for Outstanding Service, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Mrs. Upson had continued working for CEA as a consultant.
“Cynthia affected so many of us, both personally and professionally,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “Cynthia was beloved by the media and PR people in our industry. She was hard working, passionate and successful in getting out the industry messages.”