Louis M. Seeberger of Three Rivers died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Prestige Assisted Living in Visalia. He was 95.
Lou was born April 11, 1921, in Oakland, Calif. He was raised by his grandparents in nearby San Leandro.
Early in his youth, Lou discovered he had an innate ability and talent for electronics. While in high school, he made wax recordings for school plays and also received his amateur radio license. In 1937, while still a teenager, Lou made a complete television system using one-inch tubes.
In 1943, Lou graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in electrical engineering. That same year, he married Marjorie Church.
Lou later received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Drexel University.
Lou entered the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and became a radar officer, studying at Harvard University and MIT.
After his honorable discharge from service, Lou began a career at RCA in Camden, N.J., working in television research. He found himself with a group that worked on enabling a black-and-white tube to receive the first color images.
Lou also worked on developing the first early aircraft anti-collision devices.
When RCA opened a California plant, Lou was transferred. In California, he worked on producing a camera tube that would be used to take the first close-up video pictures of the moon.
Lou left RCA for a position with Hughes Aircraft Company. He became Director of Applied Research for the Radar Systems Group. It was there that initial work was done on aircraft pilots’ cockpit information displays that eventually became the present-day laser-guidance systems.
In 1962, along with 11 colleagues, Lou founded the Society for Information Display. Today, SID is comprised of the top scientists, engineers, corporate researchers, and business people of the display industry from around the world.
In 1990, upon his retirement from Hughes, Lou and his wife, Marjorie, moved to Three Rivers to live near their daughter, Christy Wood.
Lou was an instrument-rated private pilot. His hobbies included aircraft history, old-time radio, ragtime music, and theater organ construction. He led the installation of the theater organ now in use at the Visalia Fox Theater and served on that board of directors for 12 years as CFO.
Lou is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marjorie Seeberger, of Three Rivers; his son, Jerry, and wife Elizabeth; daughter Christy Wood and husband Steve of Three Rivers; brother Robert and wife Sharon; two grandchildren, Joe and wife Laura and Ashley Billhymer and husband Michael; and nine great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held.