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Cable Pioneer Ben Conroy Dies

Founder of Uvalde Cable Was 92 2/29/2016 2:30 PM Eastern
C-SPAN's Brian Lamb (l) with Uvalde Cable founder Ben Conroy at the 1990 Cable Pioneers dinner
Barco Library, The Cable Center

Benjamin Conroy, a pioneer in the cable business and one of the catalysts behind the creation of The Cable Center in Denver, died Sunday, according to officials at The Center. He was 92 years old.

 

Conroy,an accomplished jazz pianist, served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1954 and saw active duty during World War II and Korea. He was active in the Naval Reserve after his discharge in 1954, retiring in 1969 as a Lt. Commander.

 

He entered the cable business in 1954,  founding Uvalde Television Cable in Uvalde, Texas. For the next three decades he held ownership and senior management positions in GenCoe, a holding company operating cable systems in six states and in CPI, a holding company operating cable systems in eleven states (1966-1979). In 1979 he established Conroy Management Services, which provided cable companies in Texas with  administration, operations, engineering, sales promotion and finance services.

 

Conroy was a founder and the first president of the Texas CATV Association and was involved with National Cable Telecommunications Association  in a number of capacities, including secretary, member of the board of directors and also served as its national chairman from 1965-1966. He received several NCTA honors including the Advertising Award, the Larry Boggs Award and the Interindustry Relations Award. Regionally, he received the John E. Mankin Award from the Texas Cable TV Association. He was also the Chairperson of the Cable TV Pioneer Managing Board from 1968 - 1993. Conroy was also instrumental in the beginning and early development of The Cable Center, where he served as the first chairman of The Center when it was at Pennsylvania State University.

 

He was inducted in to the Cable Hall of Fame in 2001.

 

Conroy is survived by his seven children Kate, Toni, Pat, Anne Therese, Sloan, Megan, and Ben III and 19 grand childrem. His wife of 59 years, Antoinette, died in 2015.

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