Dr. Stuart Hyde, a resident at Atria Tamalpais Creek in Novato, was inducted into the San Francisco State University Gold Circle of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences on Nov. 3. Dr. Hyde was recognized for more than 50 years of outstanding contributions to the broadcast community.
Stuart received his doctorate at Stanford University. While teaching at USC in 1958, Stuart was offered and accepted the position of Professor of Telecommunications at San Francisco State University. In 1964, he was offered the position of chairman of the broadcasting department. He continued to teach and also did many pro bono projects including public service announcements and documentaries until the year 2007.
In 1970, Stuart lived in Corte Madera near San Quentin State Prison and decided to volunteer to teach a radio and TV performance class to prisoners every Wednesday for four hours. Stuart taught the class for 11 years. He collected their performances on video and they would review themselves and their classmates.
Stuart told the residents of Atria, “I realized the teaching I was doing at San Quentin was some of the most meaningful work of my career because I saw the significant changes these men went through.”
In 1964, when four children were in a church and were killed by members of the KKK, Stuart felt compelled to do something. He decided to hire Buzz Anderson, an African American broadcaster. After that, Stuart began recruiting African American students into the broadcasting industry in addition to his teaching.
Stuart was committed to social justice and thinks all broadcasters should be as well.
We are very proud to have Stuart Hyde as a resident of Atria Tamalpais Creek.