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FCC 'dean' Quello dies at 95

News / FCC 'dean' Quello dies at 95

State News Hall of Fame member James Quello, a former FCC commissioner and acting chairman, has died. He was 95.

Read an obituary by the College of Communication Arts & Sciences.

Quello, editor of The State News, in 1935, was inducted into the inaugural class of the State News Hall of Fame in 2006.

Often referred to as the dean of the Federal Communications Commission, Quello served as an FCC commissioner for more than 23 years, including 11 months as interim chairman in 1993. He received a record 41 telecommunications awards and honors for his service to the FCC.

Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of WJR in Detroit (where he hired J.P. McCarthy) and a vice president of Capital Cities Broadcasting. Quello served as a Detroit Housing and Urban Renewal commissioner for 21 years, and as a trustee for the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund for 22 years.

He served in the Army for five years during World War II, surviving six amphibious landings and rising in rank to lieutenant colonel. Quello and his wife are the namesakes of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law at MSU, established in 1998.