Frank Jacoby, a longtime resident of Westport and Weston, died Oct. 18, 2012, at his home in Weston. He was 87.
A pioneer in the early days of television, an award-winning director and a successful independent filmmaker, Mr. Jacoby was originally from Rockville Center, N.Y., the son of composer and arranger Elliot Jacoby and his wife, the former Anna Shenberg.
After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he met and married Doris Rosenzweig of Neponsit, N.Y., in 1946.
In 1948, the couple was hired to put Channel 13 on the air in Newark, N.J. The following year, Mr. Jacoby became a network director at NBC, where he was part of the “Golden Age of Television,” directing such diverse shows as Lights Out, Your Show of Shows and The Hit Parade.
From NBC he went to the Metropolitan Educational Television Association (META), where he built a studio and produced many educational programs similar to those seen today on PBS. His work at META earned him the coveted Sherwood Award.
When META closed, Mr. Jacoby joined the United Nations, filming in 62 countries for Alistair Cooke’s International Zone and directing a weekly program called Adlai Stevenson Presents. Mr. Stevenson’s program earned Mr. Jacoby the Peabody Award for distinguished television programs.
In 1965, he founded Jacoby/Storm Productions in Westport, which still produces TV documentaries and films for major corporations.
Mr. Jacoby is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris, and his three sons, Douglas of Easton, Bruce of Newtown, and Jeffrey of San Francisco, Calif. He also is survived by his daughter-in-law, Sharon Steuer; his four grandchildren, Alana, Maia, Greg, and Devon; and his brother, Ron, and sister-in-law, Linn.
The Westport Library is opening a movie fund in his honor.