Industry veteran Ken Furst died last weekend. He was 66.
Furst wore a lot of hats in the CE industry; working on Home Theater magazine, Adcom and the pioneering website e-town. He also held senior marketing positions at Onkyo, Philips and Denon and became the executive director of the Home Theater Association.
He died peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 17, at the age of 66. He was pre-deceased by his parents Margaret and Walter Furst, and his wife of eleven years, Barbara. He is survived by his wife Laura, and daughters Alexandra Furst and Lauree Akhtar. He is also survived by his sister Elaine Miller (Jim), his niece Jennifer Newton (Jack), and his grand-niece and nephews Emily, Alexander and Tyler Newton.
Born in Passaic, N.J., he was raised in Clifton, where he graduated from Clifton High School. He studied TV and radio production at William Paterson University, and went on to have a successful career in the consumer electronics industry. Starting with retail sales and management he later went on to work in product development, management and marketing for major brands including Onkyo, Denon, Philips and others. His career included major contributions to the launch of the Compact Disc and digital audio, and the development of home theater systems.
Ken was a mentor and advisor to many and had a well-deserved reputation for applying his deep knowledge of the industry to helping companies and individuals flourish.
Friends, relatives and “guys he knew” are all invited to his viewing tomorrow evening (Wed., Dec. 21) from 5-8 p.m., followed by an open invitation to share one’s memories of Ken, at the Bradley Funeral Home, 601 Rt. 73 South, Marlton N.J. 08053.