[BC] Hilmer Swanson Obituary
Sat Jul 23 17:17:39 CDT 2005
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Hilmer Irvin Swanson, age 72, of Quincy, IL, died Thursday morning July 21,
2005, at 10:10am in North Adams Home in Mendon, IL. Mr. Swanson was born
July 25th, 1932 in Davenport, Iowa.
Hilmer graduated from Davenport High School and attended Valparaiso
Technical Institute in Valparaiso, Indiana. After two years he was drafted
into the Army during the Korean War, and was trained in the 10th Army
Mountain Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. Hilmer was sent to the Army Radio
Signal School where he graduated with honors. He received an honorable
discharge on June 25, 1953.
After working a short time at Bendix in Davenport where he worked on his
first invention, the Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, he decided to continue his
education at Iowa State University in Ames. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree in Engineering from Valparaiso Tech Institute. He then went
on to graduate school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where he worked
doing student teaching while working on his Master's Degree. He received his
Master of Science degree on February 4, 1961. Mr. Swanson is a life member
of Sigma Xi, Science Honor Fraternity, an Honorary Member of the Society of
Broadcast Engineers and a life member of IEEE.
In Cedar Rapids and Dallas,Texas, Hilmer worked for Collins Radio. A friend
suggested he contact Parker Gates about working for Gates Radio. Parker
Gates was interested in AM transmitters and gave Hilmer a desk and lab
space. Hilmer worked for Gates/Harris for 35 years.
Hilmer has been granted twenty-six patents including patents in the United
States, Canada, France, Russia, Australia, and the British Commonwealth. In
1990 Hilmer received his most prestigious engineering award in the broadcast
industry, The National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Achievement
Award. In honor of this award Harris has named one of its company streets in
Hilmer's name and also gave John Wood Community College of Quincy a
scholarship in Hilmer's name for the study of Radio Broadcast technology.
He has received many awards through Harris. The company's highest award "The
Harris Fellow" was presented to Hilmer at the Harris home office in
Melbourne, Florida. A quote by Mr. Farmer, former Harris Chairman, President
and CEO, "Mr. Swanson, a Senior Scientist at the Broadcast Communications
Division has become a radio engineering legend in his own time. It is
believed that no one has contributed more to the advancement of AM broadcast
radio transmitters than Hilmer Swanson. Most famous are his PDM and PSM
modulation techniques, and his "Crown Jewel" -- the digital AM generation
technology for Harris' DX series AM broadcast product Line." A portrait of
Hilmer now hangs at the company headquarters in Melbourne
Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, a daughter, several
grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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