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James L. Fisher, founder of J.L. Fisher Inc., manufacture and renter of motion picture and television equipment, died July 1 in Van Nuys, Calif., after a lengthy illness. He was 87.

Great Falls, Mont., native started his career in 1938 at MGM laboratories. In 1946 while working at Republic Studios, he saw a need for better microphone booms and started working to improve their quality.

In 1951 he designed and manufactured a less heavy and more functional microphone boom and base. Since then his company continued to expand with other innovations.

In the mid-1960s, he also began to design and manufacture camera dollies used by multicamera film sitcoms.

Over the years, he and his company received numerous kudos including ones from the Acad of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Science (engineering award for the Model 10 Camera Dolly, 1990), Acad of Television Arts & Sciences engineering kudo for booms and base (1991), Society of Operating Cameraman technical achievement award (1994) and the Intl. Cinematographers Guild outstanding & devoted service award (2004).

He is survived by a son Jimmy, president of J.L. Fisher Inc.

Donations can be made to Dubnoff Center for Child Development, 10526 Dubnoff Way, No. Hollywood, Calif. 91606