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Harold Protter died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of December 28th in West Hollywood, California at the age of 77.

Harold was abundantly fortunate to have many wives and children. He is survived by his current wife Theresa Protter and their son Adam Protter; his first wife Judy Protter and their children Steven Protter and Sabrina Seymour; his second wife Gail Brekke; his brother Robert Protter; and his grandchildren Lev Protter, Yaira Protter, Tim Seymour, Hannah Seymour, and Kevin Seymour.

Harold was born on December 21st, 1941 in Bronx, New York to Joseph and Ann Protter. He graduated from UCONN in 1962 with a degree in business administration.

Harold made his career in the television industry, most recently as Senior Vice President for the CW Television Network. Harold’s career took him to television stations throughout the country including Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Watertown, New Orleans, Omaha, and finally Burbank. Harold was a former board member of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former trustee, chapter president, and committee chair of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was inducted into the Digital Television Pioneers by the Consumer Electronics Association for his work bringing HDTV to the United States. He was awarded an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2004. After he retired from the CW, Harold attended night law school at the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, graduating in 2015.

The family would like to thank the staff of Silverado Beverly Place Memory Care Community in West Hollywood for their continual selfless care and kindness, especially to the nurses he bit and the caregivers who dodged his flying walker. In all seriousness, we appreciate your donation to Alzheimer’s research as dementia is a disease that ravages the mind. Hal was a fighter to the end.

A funeral is scheduled for December 31st, 2018 at 12:30pm at Shalom Memorial Park in Sylmar, California with a gathering to follow at his home in Thousand Oaks. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Harold’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

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