Stereo Pioneer Eilers Dies
Carl G. Eilers, a 50-year veteran of Zenith Electronics who is called the “Father of Stereo FM Radio and Stereo Television Sound,” passed away of an apparent heart attack, the company announced Monday. Eilers was 83 years old.
Between joining Zenith in 1948 and retiring a half-century later, Eilers had a hand in major technologies, from subscription TV and stereophonic FM radio broadcasting in the 1960s to multichannel television sound in the 1980s to high-definition television in the 1990s. Eilers was awarded 21 patents in his career, and was inducted by the CEA into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2000.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Eilers is survived by his wife Sandra, his son John Eilers and his daughter Janet Ames. Funeral services will be held Tuesday in River Forest, Ill.