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Dana Raymond, 89; Lawyer for FM Radio Inventor

August 22, 2003|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Dana Raymond, 89, a patent lawyer who represented the electrical engineer who invented FM radio, died Aug. 3 in New York City.

Raymond represented Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor of wideband frequency modulation, or FM radio, in lawsuits against companies that had denied him credit and compensation for his invention.

Armstrong, whose claim to inventing the technology was challenged in court by RCA and NBC, committed suicide in 1954. A year later, Armstrong's estate settled with the two companies for $1 million.

Raymond, who had worked on the RCA and NBC cases as an assistant, then helped file suit against 21 other firms for royalties. He won or settled all 21.

Born in Flushing, N.Y., Raymond graduated from UC Berkeley and earned his law degree at Columbia University.

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