Former C-COR Electronics Corp. CEO Jim Palmer died on Oct. 12 at his home in State College, Pa. He was 77.
After earning a degree as an electrical engineer from Iowa State University and serving as an electronics officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Palmer went to work as a project engineer with General Electric Co. In 1954, he took the helm of C-COR [now C-Cor.net] — at that time one of the first cable-equipment manufacturers, with a staff of two.
From 1956 through 1972, he also served as president of Centre Video, an MSO with territory in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia that later merged with Tele-Communications Inc.
He was a National Cable Television Association director from 1965 through 1968, and in 1968 he was named a "CATV Pioneer."
He served as director of the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association from 1960 through 1966 and president of that organization in 1966 and 1967. In 1983, he was named to the Pennsylvania Cable Television Hall of Fame.
Palmer retired from C-COR in 1985. He and his wife, Barbara, were driving forces behind the Palmer Museum of Art, located at Penn State University.