R. David Read, a longtime Sound & Communications Contributing Editor, started his career in communications as a messenger boy for Western Union and advanced to the position of telegrapher in 1949. He became a telegrapher/wire-chief for Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railways, and then a microwave and automation technician. He worked for Rauland-Borg, Dukane Corp. and Altec Lansing, as well as helping NSCA organize its educational programs. A member of the AES and ASA, an associate of USITT and a frequent participant in BICSI proceedings, Read was also a participating member of the Morse Club of America. R. David Read died in April 2015.