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November 16, 1999
Glenn Small

Richard Sonnenfeldt Honored by
Johns Hopkins University

The Metropolitan New York Chapter of The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association has given the 1999 Detlev W. Bronk Award for Distinguished Achievement to Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, a 1949 graduate, pioneer in the development of color television and generous benefactor of the university's Whiting School of Engineering.

Sonnenfeldt, who earned 34 patents as a developer of color television, accepted the award November 13 in a ceremony in New York. He is a former CEO and president of Digitronics, vice president of RCA and executive vice president of NBC. He was also decorated for work as chief interpreter at the Nuremberg war crimes trials in 1945.

The Bronk Award was created in 1986 to recognize outstanding professional and university achievement by an alumnus or friend of the university in the New York metropolitan area. Sonnenfeldt is the 13th recipient of the award.

Sonnenfeldt, who lives in Port Washington, N.Y., has contributed to the university as a member of the Whiting School's National Advisory Council and as a member of the Biomedical Engineering Department's Advisory Council.

Sonnenfeldt established the Sonnenfeldt Family Fund in Engineering at Johns Hopkins in 1985 with a major gift.

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