TV Pioneer to be Honored

Dr. Joseph Donahue, a pioneer in the development of the color picture tube, will be honored by International College at a ceremony to be held on March 29, 2007. The Community Room at the College’s Naples Campus will be renamed the “Dr. Joe Donahue Community Room” in honor of the industrialist.
Dr. Terry McMahan, President of International College, extols Donahue’s contributions to both the College and the community. “Joe’s efforts and generous support were an integral part of the formation of what today is the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning,” said McMahan. “Since its inception, the Center has provided a wide array of educational programs for the community. Joe’s work for the College is tireless. He is a member of both our Board of Trustees and our President’s Council. He is the embodiment of what community service is all about, and we are proud to honor him in this way.”
“I’ve always enjoyed using my head,” said Donahue, reflecting on his many accomplishments. “Ten years ago, when I moved to Naples, I needed something to do. I wrote Terry (McMahan) and that is when he put me on the Lifelong Learning committee.”
Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President of Institutional Advancement for International College, reflects on the many contributions Donahue has made to our area. “I can’t think of a better name to put on our Community Room than that of someone who does so much for the community,” said Traina. “Dr. Donahue continues to give of his time and talents to the College. This is a way for us to recognize this man for all he has accomplished.”
Much of the technology that the world enjoys today came from Donahue’s work with RCA. His original designs and process concepts developed in the early 50’s are still in use throughout the world. In the late 80’s, he became highly involved with broadcasters and manufacturers in developing a U.S. standard for high definition television (HDTV).
This technology helped provide the foundation for establishing DirecTV in 1994. He received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work on HDTV technologies for the Federal Communications Commission.
Since retiring full time in Naples he has remained quite active. Donahue is a teacher at the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning. His class, “The Digital Revolution,” is a journey through the spectacular changes that digital technology is making in our lives today. For information on this or any of the classes held at the Center, contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 513-1122, or online at
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