Stephen K. Nenno, ABC television network’s vice president of program operations, died July 30th, at New York Presbyterian Hospital following a battle with cancer. He was 59.

Nenno had been with ABC since 1968 and was responsible for such programs as “General Hospital” and “This Is Tom Jones.”

A USC alumnus, he started his broadcasting career in 1963 at CBS’ O&O KNX Radio in L.A. and later transferred to KNXT (now KCBS-TV), CBS’ L.A. television station. In 1965 he became a manager of KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV), the then-RKO general station in Los Angeles.

Nenno served on the Board of Governors of both the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York Chapter, and the Intl. Radio and Television Society.

He was also a member of the Broadcast Pioneers and a lifetime member of Alfa Epsilon Rho, the national broadcasting society, as well as a professional representative on the governing council of Seton Hall U.’s campus radio station, WSOU.

Donations may be made to the Stephen K. Nenno Fund at the USC School of Cinema-Television, Lucas Building Room 209, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211.