Widow of ATAS founder helped establish TV org

Miriam Cassyd, first secretary of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and widow of ATAS founder Syd Cassyd, died Monday Dec. 24 in L.A. of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 84.

In 1946, Cassyd helped husband establish the academy one month after network television was born. With the group’s first president, Edgar Bergen, she served as secretary. Her husband became the organization’s fourth president in 1950.

At age 39, she returned to school, attending L.A. City College and later UCLA, where one of her classmates was her daughter; the two earned English degrees from UCLA in 1961. She then went on to teach in the Inglewood Unified School District, where she eventually became co-director of its first alternative school.

Her daughter survives; her husband died in 2000.

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