Cable Pioneer Wendell Woody Dies at 80

Inducted Into SCTE Hall of Fame in 2001
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Wendell Woody, a cable industry pioneer and major supporter of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), died on April 8, in North Kansas City, Mo. 

Woody, 80, made significant contributions during his 49-year career with the cable industry, where he served in sales, management and consulting positions with companies such as Jerrold Electronics, Catel, Antec, Sprint North Supply and Monroe Electronics.

Woody is also a past president and 11-year board member of the SCTE, and the founder of the SCTE Heart of America Chapter.

Among his many industry accolades, Woody received the 1987 SCTE National Achievement Award, was named the SCTE Member of the Year in 1994, and was an SCTE Circle of Eagles recipient. In 2001, he was inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame. Additionally, the SCTE Heart of America Chapter recently established a new award to be presented annually named the Wendell & Ruth Woody Founders Award.

"Wendell exemplified what SCTE is all about; sharing knowledge and encouraging others to grow in their knowledge of the cable industry,” SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban said, in a statement. “Whatever he did, he did with a smile. All of us will miss his contributions, kindness and his thoughtfulness."

Friends, family and colleagues have been sharing their thoughts about Woody on his Facebook page.

Woody also served for 18 years on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Cable TV Association and the Mid-America Cable TV Association. In 1994, he was inducted into the distinguished Cable TV Pioneers group.

In 2014, The Cable Center in Denver recognized Wendell as a cable industry stalwart. The Cable Center has posted this video with Woody, as part of the SCTE 2012 Oral History Project.

Woody is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Akers), sons Stuart (Brian) & David (Teri), grandchildren Beth and Ben, brother Fred (LaRu), brother in-laws Bobbie Allenbrand and Frank Akers (Elaine), sister in-law Mary Ann Lowary and many nephews & nieces.

Visitation has been scheduled for Friday (April 10) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Northminster Presbyterian Church (1441 NE Englewood Rd., Kansas City, Mo.). Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Northminster, with graveside services to follow on April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Grandview Cemetery in Albany, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Northminster Presbyterian Church, or the Heart of America SCTE Chapter - c/o Treasurer 13008 N. Stark, Liberty, Mo. 64068. 

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