IATSE’s Jim Atherton dies at 70

Sound engineer worked on 'Greatest Story,' 'Love Story'

Jim Atherton, a member of the IATSE Local 695 Motion Picture Sound Recording Engineers, died Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio, of natural causes. He was 70.

Atherton started his career as radio man to helmer George Stevens on 1965’s “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

He then worked in post-production for UPA Pictures, Todd-AO, Warner Bros., CBS Studio Center and Glen Glenn Sound. He was also a scoring stage manager and recordist at Warner Bros. assisting Dan Wallin. He received record credit on Neil Diamond’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” As a freelance sound engineer, he worked on “A Star Is Born,” “Honeysuckle Rose” and the Ray Stark production of “Annie” in 1982. His last job in Hollywood before retirement was as playback operator on Warren Beatty’s production of “Love Affair” in 1994.

Survivors include a sister.

Donations may be made to Waite High School, 301 Morrison Dr., Toledo, Ohio 43605.

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