Robin Miller, Filmaker
2002-01-08 19:23:19 UTC
Richard Orford's son Andy has advised me of his father's passing 12/30 at
71. Among other contributions to this list, Richard gently drew our
attention to merits of the Beveridge speaker layout for stereo. In his bio,
below FYI, I learned that we are both Lehigh University EE grads (any others
out there?). As the family may have dropped from this list, e-mail
condolences may be sent to ***@webpg.net.
Richard J. Orford 1930-2001
Richard Orford was born on July 11, 1930 in Glendale, California. His
parents were on a work assignment to the Los Angeles area at the time and
soon returned to New York. He was raised and attended elementary and
secondary schools throughout the Eastern states, principally New York and
He attended and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical
Engineering from Lehigh University in 1950. He was awarded a James Ward
Packard Fellowship and earned a Master of Science degree from Lehigh
University in 1951.
He joined the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation of Bethpage, NY in
1951 and became Assistant Manager of Avionics in 1956.
He met and married Ruth Lawton of West Orange, NJ in 1952.
While at the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, he also studied and
conducted research part-time, earning his Phd. in Electrical Engineering
from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1962. During this time Ruth
gave birth to their three children, Andrew, Stuart and Nancy.
Dr. Orford joined the Space Technology Laboratories, a subsidiary of TRW,
Inc., in Redondo Beach, CA. in 1962 where he managed a number of large scale
space borne communication system and guidance system projects. He was
Assistant Manager of the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module Abort Guidance
He left TRW, Inc. in 1974 to join as Vice President the newly formed
Transaction Technology, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Citicorp which
specialized in on-line and terminal related systems for consumer banking.
Involved in a wide variety of technological advances in banking systems for
Citicorp, Dr. Orford is credited with conceiving, patenting, and developing
the CAT1, the first CRT display based automatic teller machine (ATM) as well
as the CAT2, the next generation of ATM using touch screen color graphic
display. This interface concept is now the standard for ATM's worldwide.
He also conceived and developed the industry first of it's kind Citicorp
bank-from-home Home Base banking system. He was named president of the
company in 1979.
Dr. Orford retired from Transaction Technology, Inc. in 1986. He rejoined
the Electronic Systems Group of TRW, Inc. in 1987 as Vice President for
Special Projects and Manager of Group IR&D. He retired from TRW, Inc. in
Richard and Ruth Orford reside in Hermosa Beach, California, less than one
block from the ocean in their home of 35 years. Their activities include
extensive charitable and philanthropic work, travel and enjoyment of the
pleasant Southern California environment. He now is increasingly more active
with his lifelong avocation of audio reproduction in the home, while Ruth
pursues her many interests, particularly in stained glass arts. They have