InfoAge Wall of Honor – 2012

Seymour Hersh dedicated his professional career to the Department of Defense (DoD), specifically the United States Army, with 33 years of civilian service at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, followed by nearly 25 years of contiguous service as a US government contractor.

Seymour’s first assignment in 1951 was as a Photographic Scientist and Engineer, assigned to the Photographic Research Branch, which was part of the Applied Physics Division, Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories. In 1953, he and his co-author received international acclaim for their research paper “Photothermal Decomposition of Mixed Silver and Mercurous Oxalates,” which was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and led to a seat on the American National Standard Institute subcommittee for Photography and Chemicals.

While serving in a number of lead roles, Seymour’s research efforts contributed to the first successful technique for in-flight processing and image transmission from the APS-94 Side- Looking Radar, installed on the Mohawk, the Army’s mainstay high-performance aerial intelligence and surveillance observation aircraft.

Some of Seymour’s most important contributions to the United States Army came as a result of groundbreaking innovations in rapid photographic processing chemistry and equipment design that earned him, and his team, more than 20 United States patents. Those cutting-edge technical advances, for both conventional and infrared film emulsions, gave the Army a huge advantage over the enemy in reconnaissance missions in the years prior to the introduction of instant video and digital imagery—and when declassified, gave the general public—one-hour photos!

Having a Masters degree in Business Administration, Seymour’s career shifted in 1980 from science and engineering to management, being appointed as the Technical Planning Chief for the Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition Laboratory (CSTAL), at Camp Evans.

Seymour received his BS in Chemistry from Upsala College in 1949, and his MBA from Monmouth College in 1971. He also held an adjunct degree in secondary school education. His numerous awards include the Patriotic Service Award from the Association of the United States Army, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of Old Crows, and the prestigious Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.

As an active member in our technical community, Seymour held numerous officer and board positions, which included the Association of Old Crows (AOC), the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), as well as being a Senior Member and past President of the Society for Photographic Scientists and Engineers (SPSE). In 1997, Seymour was very proud to have been elected by his peers to serve as President of the Industrial Representatives Association (IRA).

Seymour made his home in Freehold, where he enjoyed his family life with his wife Muriel, and their children, Steve, Randi, and Judi.

Posted April 4, 2017