Cathy Oakes, Long-Time SCTE Executive, Dies at 48

Oakes Served As The Society’s Senior Vice President of Operations

Cathy Oakes, the senior vice president of operations for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, died suddenly early Saturday, November 16, the SCTE said Monday. She was 48.

During her seven years with the Society, Oakes was responsible for a wide range of activities, including SCTE membership, National Conferences, Human Resources, Administration and others. She took a leading role in the creation of numerous programs, including: the SCTE Corporate Alliance Program; the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College; and Women’s TechConnect, a mentoring program for women technologists that is a joint initiative of SCTE and Women in Cable Telecommunications. She also was actively involved in the expansion of the SCTE Foundation, the Society said.

Oakes, an alumna of the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program, was to have been honored this Thursday (November 21) as one of the Top Women in Cable Technology, as selected by cable industry publication CableFax.

Oakes, who joined SCTE as vice president of finance in 2006, also worked as a tax director for Stockton Bates, a Philadelphia-based accounting firm. Previously she was actively involved in cable finance, mergers and acquisitions during eight years with The Harron Companies, for which she served as CFO and treasurer.

“The sudden and unexpected loss of Cathy Oakes leaves a tremendous hole in many lives,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE, in a statement. “We’ll remember her as someone who was committed to SCTE, a leader in the industry and dedicated to her husband and children. Our hearts go out to her family.”

Oakes is survived by her husband, Terry, and by Terry Jr., Christina, Bridget, and Olivia.

A viewing will be take place from 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 22, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. ET. Both the viewing and the Mass will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Chester Springs, Pa. 

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Oakes Childrens’ Education Fund, c/o DNB First Bank, 4 Brandywine Avenue, Downingtown, Pa. 19335.