Bernie Barron, a former executive at Columbia and Fox, died Feb. 20 in Palm Springs after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 83.
Barron helped to pioneer TV broadcasting at WLH television in Cincinnati. After relocating to Los Angeles, he joined Pathe Laboratories, where he ultimately rose to head of sales.
His shift to work in studio operations began with a stint managing the newly acquired Chaplin Studios for American Intl. Pictures. Barron then spent eight years as general manager of Columbia Studios and 14 years at Twentieth Century Fox Corp., where he held positions as senior VP of studio operations, co-chairman of CBS/Fox Studios, chairman of Western Costume Co., president of Twentieth Century Fox Licensing Corp. and president of Twentieth Century Fox Marineland.
Born in Cincinnati, Bernie started his entertainment career in radio at Ohio State U. and worked with Armed Forces Radio as part of his military service during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ilze; two sons; a sister; a grandson; and six nephews and nieces.
Donations may be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund or to the National Lung Cancer Partnership at Nationallungcancerpartnership.org/donation