Donald J. Plunkett — who helped form the Audio Engineering Society in 1948 and continued with the organization as an AES charter member, executive director for 20 years and past president — passed away in New York on July 15. Plunkett had worked at NBC, Capitol Records, Fairchild Recording Equipment and with other pro audio pioneers such as Emory Cook.
Plunkett received numerous AES honors throughout his more than 50 years of active service, including Fellowship and Honorary Awards and the Distinguished Service Medal. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth; his son, Christopher; his daughters, Hilary Jones, Libby Mastoloni and Emily Fleischer; and four grandchildren. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice.