Warren P. “Bud” Williamson III 1930-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Warren P. “Bud” Williamson III, 92, died Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

He was retired Chairman of the Board of WKBN Broadcasting Corp. He was employed by the family’s broadcasting company (WKBN AM/FM/TV – Youngstown) from 1956 to 1999. During this time, he held various positions in radio and television. company.

He is survived by his wife, Lael Kilpatrick Williamson of Marco Island, Florida; one son, Warren P. Williamson IV of Marion, Mass.; two daughters, Lynn Williamson of Parker, Colorado and Susan Brownlee of El Cajon, California; one brother, JD Williamson of Palm Springs, California; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In 1985, Mr. Williamson led WKBN’s entry into the emerging cellular telephone industry, managing its growth into a tri-state service provider. He served as Chairman of Wilcom Cellular Corporation, which later became Sygnet Wireless prior to its acquisition by Dobson Wireless in 1999. Currently, Mr. Williamson has served as a director of Hypres Corporation, a world leader in superconducting electronics research, as well as administrator of CleveX. Corporation, a developer of medical devices applicable to skin care.

Throughout his career he was active in a number of business, professional, and civic associations, as well as numerous community service organizations in Youngstown, including director of the Mahoning National Bank for 20 years (eventually becoming president of the executive committee); director of the Association of Maximum Service Telecasters (AMST), a professional organization serving the US terrestrial television industry, including a term as chairman of that board; director of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC), who was instrumental in the process of developing the new high-definition digital television broadcast standard, including a term as chairman of the board.

He served as technical advisor to the CBS Television Affiliate Advisory Board in the development of high-definition standards; director of Silicon Light Machines Co., a developer of laser-based television display technology, which was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor Co.; director of Thin Air Applications, a software developer, which was acquired by Palm, Inc.; director and president of Ortheon Medical LLC, which developed and marketed a medical device for the repair of severed hand tendons; and director of a number of community service organizations, including the Youngstown State University Foundation, the Boys Club of Youngstown, Goodwill Industries, Associated Neighborhood Centers, and the Youngstown Symphony Society.

Mr. Williamson served as an officer in the Air Force Research and Development Command from 1954 to 1956 and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in electronic countermeasures. He received a BSEE degree (electrical engineering, 1953) and a master’s degree in business administration (with distinction, 1954) from the University of Michigan and, before his retirement, was a licensed professional engineer.

Private family services will be held. Additional details for a public celebration of life will be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the YSU Foundation Williamson Innovation Park Fund.

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