Donald S. McCoy

December 6, 1930 ~ July 10, 2013 (age 82)

Dr. Donald S. McCoy, an electrical and electronics engineer who directed research and development programs covering a wide range of consumer electronics products and systems over a period of more than 30 years, died on July 10 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA, surrounded by his loving family. The cause of death was complications of multiple myeloma. He was 82.

Dr. McCoy had been a consultant in technology assessment and planning for several years prior to his retirement. He and his wife, Anita, had moved to Reynolds Plantation near Greensboro, GA in 1996.

Dr. McCoy was Corporate Vice-President for Technology of CBS, Inc. and General Manager of the CBS Technology Center in Stamford, Connecticut from 1979 to 1986, where he directed a broad program of research on HDTV, digital TV, CD records and CD-ROMs.

Dr. McCoy began his professional career at the David Sarnoff Research Center of RCA in Princeton, NJ. He worked for a number of years in the field of Acoustics, where he was active in testing that led to the establishment of the present FM stereo broadcast standards. Subsequently, he worked on advancements in color-television display technology, and in 1969 became Director of Consumer Electronics Research at the Sarnoff Center. He was technical head of the RCA Video Disc development effort in the 1970''s prior to joining CBS.

Dr. McCoy was born in Washington, Indiana on Dec. 6, 1930, and spent his teenage years in Cumberland, Maryland where he was valedictorian of his class at Fort Hill High School. He earned his Bachelor''s, Master''s and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Yale University, where he served as a member of the faculty for several years prior to joining RCA. He was the author of numerous technical papers in the field of acoustics, video disc technology and seismic detector instrumentation, and was the recipient of three outstanding achievement awards at the David Sarnoff Research Center for his technical contributions.

After moving to Reynolds Plantation, Dr. McCoy became active in the Men''s Golf Association. He was instrumental in pioneering internet communication between the Reynolds organizations and their members. He published the newsletter for the Citizens Involvement Committee for ten years. Dr. McCoy was also a Trustee of Greene County Library for twelve years, four years as Chairman, during which time he was actively involved in its expansion project. He was on the Yale 1952 Class Council for ten years serving as "Webmeister."

He is survived by his wife, Anita Ayer McCoy, his daughters, Pamela McCoy Fisher and Amy McCoy Aliberti (husband Fred), his son Steven Ayer McCoy (wife Linda), six grandchildren, David Cammarata (Megan), Sara Irizarry, Katie Brown (Matt), Mike McCoy, Dan Aliberti, and Libby Aliberti, and four great-grandchildren, DJ, Jacob, Elisa and Jordi.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 3rd at 4:00 pm at the Reynolds Plantation Pavilion. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, Yale University, Office of Development, Contribution Processing, P.O. Box 2038 New Haven, CT 06521, or the Greene County Library, 610 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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