17 September 2018
It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of Jerome (Jerry) Kuehl, we have lost a dear friend and colleague.
Jerry Kuehl was a television producer and visual historian and a winner of the FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement 2004. He has been a constant support of FOCAL and the media industry contributing to Archive Zones and as a tireless juror for the FOCAL International Awards for many years.
We will be posting more information as it becomes available.
He will be greatly missed by all of us and our heartfelt condolences go to his family.
Tributes & Memories
Jerry Kuehl was a long-standing and much valued member of the FOCAL E&E committee, who shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with humility and generosity. Using his characteristic blend of wit and kindness, Jerry constantly encouraged and challenged us to promote the appropriate and historical accurate use of archive. His major contribution as a regular juror for the FOCAL Awards competition underpinned the development and ongoing success of these awards. Jerry will be sorely missed by the FOCAL E&E committee and all who knew him. Jane Fish, Chair - FOCAL Events & Exhibitions Committee
Jerry Kuehl was a very funny man - intelligent, witty and always ready to share a joke and see the humourous side of life…and an outstanding producer of exceptionally researched and thoughtful documentaries. He gave his time and passion to the early days of Focal, he loved archives, appreciated them in the collaborative spirit of getting the best when making a historical documentary. I will miss his guidance. It is with great sadness to learn of his passing and I offer my condolences to his family. Amanda Huntley, FOCAL Executive Director / Huntley Film Archive.
The archive world has received some very sad, but inevitable news of the death of Jerry Kuehl. Jerry had stoically coped with ill health for many years. Jerry, with wonderful support from Adele- his wife of many years, managed to keep his heart going for more than 30 years after his big heart attack. He told me some years ago, he was crossing the road outside the Royal Free when he was knocked over by a “kamikaze” cyclist carried into the hospital where an abdominal aneurysm was discovered – so thanks to the cyclist Jerry got another innings!! Jerry worked on the World at War (and before that The Great War). Many trainees who participated on the FOCAL International training week were visibly moved and felt honoured to meet him and listen to his “Office Cat” lecture. The “office cat” was Jerry’s “bete noir” if one can say that!! The FOCAL executive was honoured to give Jerry the 2004 Lifetime Achievement .
Jerry was a great supporter of archives and archive productions, having made many in his illustrious career. So this was reflected in Jerry’s dedication and support for FOCAL , including chair of Award Jurors for many years. Jerry was always there, if needed, to check any historical footage (especially WW2) information, come up with innovative ideas of things FOCAL could do for its members and new archive production ideas. Above all else Jerry was a wonderful friend to have. He introduced me to the BECTU History Project (now the British Entertainment History Project) when I first left the BBC – thinking I needed something to occupy my time!! Together with friends like Christine Whittaker we spent idyllic holidays together in Puglia in the magical trulo!!! Thanks Jerry. Sue Malden, FOCAL International