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Dalton H. Pritchard, 88, of Hilton Head Island died Sunday, April 18 at Hilton Head Hospital.

He earned the BSEE degree in Electronics in 1943 from Mississippi State University. He then entered in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and received a year of specialized radar training at Harvard University and MIT. During World War II, he served as captain in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star medal.

In 1946 Mr. Pritchard joined RCA Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff at Riverhead, NY, and was engaged in communications research. In 1950 he transferred to RCA laboratories, Princeton, NJ. There his research involved many aspects of color television systems development, receivers, color kinescopes, transmitting encoders, cameras, and magnetic recording of TV. This work included the planning and testing of systems and circuits proposed for adoption by the National Television System Committee (NTSC).

In years 1960-70 Mr. Pritchard was developing video processing circuitry for color TV receivers, colorimetry and decoder matrix methods, information display techniques, and analog techniques employing CCD devices for TV applications. He also worked on Selectavision VideoDisc development.

As a member of the Television Research Laboratory, Mr. Pritchard was engaged in research related to high-definition TV (HDTV) systems that include applications of digital signal processing techniques.

Between 1952 and 1978, Mr. Pritchard received seven RCA Laboratories Outstanding Achievement Awards. At the IEEE Consumer Electronics Spring Conference, Chicago, 1977, he received the Vladimir K. Zworykin Award for “significant contributions to color television technology.” In 1981, he was a team member recipient of the David Sarnoff Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, RCA’s highest honor, “for the development and implementation of a CCD comb filter integrated circuit in color TV receivers.”

Mr. Pritchard was the only American among nine corecipients of the international Eduard Rhein Prize 1980, presented in Berlin in 1981. He was cited for numerous contributions in the field of video techniques and particularly as a leader in the development of the Dynamic Detail Processor employed in RCA ColorTrak receivers.

Also, 1981, he was appointed a member of the New Jersey Governor’s state panel of Science Advisers. In 1983 Mr. Pritchard was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineers (NAE).

The author of more than 20 technical papers and presentations, Mr. Pritchard holds 54 U.S. patents. In 1975 he was appointed a Fellow of the Technical Staff, RCA laboratories. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of SID and member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Kappa Mu Epsilon. He is listed in American Men and Women of Science and in Who’s Who in the East and will be listed in the next issue of Who’s Who is America and Who’s Who in Consumer Electronics .

He was a K2BH Amateur Radio Operator First Class.

Mr. Pritchard is survived by his wife Carolina Hnatuk Pritchard and his daughter Mary Ann Poole, of Tallahassee, Florida.

Services will be private.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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The Island Funeral Home & Crematory
4 Cardinal Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Tel. (843) 681-4400
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