Rosel H. HydeFormer FCC chairmanWASHINGTON -- Rosel H...


December 23, 1992

Rosel H. Hyde

Former FCC chairman

WASHINGTON -- Rosel H. Hyde, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who spent 35 years with the regulatory agency, died Saturday at a nursing home in suburban Maryland after suffering a stroke. He was 92.

During his career, Mr. Hyde played a key role in developing communications policy, including the licensing and expansion of radio and television, cable and mobile radio.

He also helped develop the fairness doctrine that requires broadcasters to make available time for opposing views and in the 1969 prohibition of cigarette advertising on radio and TV. Mr. Hyde was named an FCC commissioner in 1946 after serving as the agency's general counsel. He was commission chairman and acting chairman from 1953 to 1954 and again was chairman from 1966 until 1969, when he retired to enter private law practice.

* Ted Willis, 74, credited in "The Guinness Book of World Records" as the world's most prolific television scriptwriter, died yesterday from a heart attack at his home in Chislehurst, England. He created 41 TV serials, wrote 37 stage plays and the scripts of 39 feature films as well as radio scripts and a dozen novels.

* Daniel William Fry, 84, a rocketry pioneer and author, died Sunday in Alamogordo, N.M. He worked more than 40 years in the development of rocketry. He worked on the liquid fuel missile program at the White Sands missile range in 1945. His books included "The White Sands Incident," "To Men of Earth," "Steps to the Stars," "Atoms, Galaxies and Understanding," "The Curve of Development" and "Area of Mutual Agreement."

* Edwin Gerschefski, 83, a pianist and composer who found inspiration for his works in news articles, died Thursday in Athens, Ga. For three of his compositions, he set Time magazine articles to music. He also found inspiration in business letters and editorials.

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