RoseShureAnybody in radio who has ever talked into a microphone, been near one in a studio or simply watched famous people talking into a microphone on TV will likely be saddened by the Tuesday (1/26) passing of Rose L. Shure, Chairman of Shure Inc., makers of Shure microphones. Mrs. Shure was 95.

She took on leadership of the company after her husband, company founder Sydney N. Shure died in 1993. According to the Chicago Sun Times, during Mrs. Shure’s leadership, the company tripled in size.

An industry standard with a long and storied history, Shure mics were on board the USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered, ending World War II. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech into a Shure. They’re used at the Oscars and by countless recording artists, including Luke Bryan. Even the President speaks into one while on the lectern. And that Elvis postage stamp? He’s cradling a Shure 55 SH in his hand.

Private services were held 1/27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sidney N. Shure Kehilla Fund, the Jewish Community Center of Chicago, 30 S. Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois 60606, or a charity of your personal choice.