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Paul W. Klipsch inducted into Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame

The late Paul W. Klipsch, a New Mexico State University alumnus, was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame during the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 8.


was selected for membership by a panel of 17 media and industry professionals who judged hundreds of nominations that were submitted by manufacturers, retailers and industry journalists. He joins 76 existing members of the hall of fame, which recognizes the accomplishments of the consumer electronics industry that provides the products and services that inform, educate, entertain and keep consumers connected.

A special dinner in October will honor the 2004 hall of fame inductees during the Consumer Electronics Association Industry Forum in San Francisco.

Klipsch committed his life to his love of audio and music. His heritage line of speakers including the Klipschorn, LaScala, Belle, Cornwall and Heresy are known worldwide for their quality and accuracy and have set standards in the industry for more than 50 years.

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from New Mexico State.

In 1983 he was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame and in 1997 he was inducted into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame for acoustic, ballistic and geophysical contributions. He joined the ranks of notables such as Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk and the Wright Brothers.

The NMSU Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering was dedicated in 1995 and the NMSU Klipsch Museum was dedicated in 1997.

Klipsch passed away in May 2002; however, his wife Valerie Klipsch remains a friend and benefactor of the College of Engineering at NMSU. She established four distinguished professorships in 2002 and three endowed scholarships in 2003. Valerie was also inducted into the Academy of the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2003.