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Robert Colin Parkhill, BSC (Electrical Engineering) 1961

Robert Colin Parkhill, BSC (Electrical Engineering) 1961, died of cancer on 29 December 2006 at his home Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, aged 69. Born in Dublin on 10 June 1937, he was educated at Portora Royal School and Methodist College, Belfast. He rowed for the Queen’s Junior VIII in 1958 when they were Irish Amateur Rowing Union Champions.

Colin began his career as a field engineer with the BBC and RCA (Radio Corporation of America) (Great Britain). He immigrated to the USA in 1965 with his new wife where he continued his career with RCA in Camden, New Jersey as a product engineering specialist for television stations.

He moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 1974 as broadcast sales representative for RCA in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. He continued his career as technical engineer with Phillips Television Systems Inc, BTS, Sony, King Video Associates and Communications Engineering. He was a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Colin is survived by his wife Ann and daughters Caroline and Diane, brothers Brian and Alan and sister Anne. His greatest passion was flying and he proudly earned his private pilot’s licence at the age of 57.



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