Elihu Katz, an outstanding sociologist and communications expert, died on Friday, December 31, in Jerusalem at the age of 96.
The cause of death of the honorary professor of Jewish University is not specified. He is survived by his wife Ruth and two sons. He was buried on Sunday at the Har ha-Menuhot cemetery.
Katz was a native of New York, but lived most of his life in Jerusalem. He is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of regular television broadcasts in Israel. He was the director of Israel Television (KAN 11) from 1967 to 1969.
Outstanding Sociologist received the Israel Prize in 1989 and other awards. Among other things, Katz helped found the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University in the Faculty of Social Sciences. In November 2015, he donated an archive of more than 2,000 books collected over decades to Ben Gurion University.