Burton “Bud” Stone, former president of Deluxe Laboratories, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 80.
“Bud Stone was a warm, caring, generous man and a tireless contributor to our community,” said Deluxe prexy-CEO Cyril Drabinsky, who succeeded Stone.
Born in Englewood, N.J., Stone grew up helping out his father in a film lab during the waning days of the silent film era.
After serving with the U.S. Navy, he attended Florida Southern College and then returned to New York, where he became a film editor and worked his way up through the ranks of management at several film labs.
Stone was named president of Deluxe Laboratories in Hollywood in 1976 and served in that role until his retirement in 1994.
Known for his activities in support of the film industry, he received the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award at the ShoWest Conference in 2001, when he was also inducted in the ShoEast Hall of Fame.
A champion of the cinematographers’ craft, he was a driving force at the inception of the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards and served as co-chairman of the committee for the annual event for 17 years. Stone was also an honorary member of the ASC.
He served as president of the Technology Council of the Motion Picture and Television Industry. Stone was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, the Hollywood Television & Radio Society, and he was on the board of directors of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
For his charitable activities, Stone received the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. He was honorary chairman and director of the Will Rogers Foundation, and served on the board of directors of the Motion Picture Pioneers, Hollywood Heart Fund and Covenant House.
Stone is survived by his wife, Judy; sons Ron, a property master, and Jeff, an exec with Iron Mountain Film & Sound Archives; daughter Barbara Crandall, a film restorer; six grandchildren; and a brother.
Donations may be made to the Bud Stone Memorial, care of Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.