William Einhorn

William Einhorn, one of the early pioneers of television, died March 11 in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 85.

A graduate of Columbia U., Einhorn is perhaps best known as the producer and director of “Learn to Draw,” one of NBC’s first regularly scheduled programs, in association with Jon Gnagy, one of TV’s first art teachers.

“Learn to Draw” ran on more than 100 TV stations through the mid-1970s, becoming one of the longest-running programs in TV history. Einhorn also created a line of “Learn to Draw” kits and wrote the book, music and lyrics to two of its revived community stage shows.

Einhorn is survived by his wife, Lydia, and a son, Stephen, president and chief operating officer of New Line Home Video.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1250 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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