Joseph H. McConnell, a former president of NBC and retired president of Reynolds Metals Co., died March 13 at age 90 of natural causes at his Atlanta home. He had retired in 1971 from Reynolds, where he had served as president and chief administrator since 1963.
McConnell joined RCA in 1941, and served as general counsel before his tenure as president of NBC from 1949-52.
He was president of Colgate-Palmolive Peet from 1953-55, after which he joined Reynolds. He also served as board chairman of Comsat in the 1970s.
In 1963, McConnell was chairman of the U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Administrative Radio Conference in Geneva, convened for international treaty allocation of satellite broadcasting frequencies.
Born in Chester, S.C., McConnell earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a law degree from the U. of Virginia.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.