JBL’s Eargle Dies at 76
John Morgan Eargle, a longtime executive with JBL who was also a noted engineer in the music industry, passed away this week at the age of 76, JBL’s parent company, Harman International, announced Tuesday.
An employee of Harman and JBL for 31 years, Eargle served at various times as a consultant and vice president of product development, before becoming senior Director, product Development and application, a position he held from the early 1980s until his passing. Shortly prior to his death, Eargle had completed work on “The JBL Story: 60 Years of Audio Innovation,” a book-length history of the company.
Eargle also won numerous awards throughout his career, including a a Scientific and Engineering Award from the motion picture academy in 2002, and a Grammy Award in 2001 for his engineering of the classical music album “Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89; Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 ’From the New World.’” He engineered or produced nearly 300 albums in his career.