Rose L. Shure, Chairman of Shure Inc., Dies at 95

Rose L. Shure, chairman of Shure Inc., maker of the Shure SM58 microphone and other professional and consumer audio products, died peacefully in her home last week at the age of 95.

"We have had the privilege of working with a truly extraordinary woman,” said Sandy LaMantia, Shure's chief executive officer. “Our Company and many charitable and cultural organizations have benefited from her thoughtfulness and generosity. I am confident that the legacy left to us by Mr. and Mrs. Shure will continue to endure in our hearts and in our minds. That is exactly the way Mr. and Mrs. Shure would want it to be."

Mrs. Shure became chairman of the privately held company in 1995 after the death of her 93-year-old husband Sidney N. Shure, the company founder. She was hired to be his secretary in 1949, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and they married five years later.

For more than 60 years, she served as an inspiration to all Shure Associates, the company said, and served as role model for Shure's Core Values and basic principles.

"Up until about a year ago, she was involved in everything," LaMantia said, as quoted in the Chicago Tribune. In the past year, Mrs. Shure continued to communicate with LaMantia and Christine Schyvinck, president and COO, at least once per month. “So even though she wasn't coming in, she was still involved in all of our decisions," LaMantia said in the Chicago Tribune.

Shure Radio Company was founded in April 1925 by S. N. Shure as a one-man company selling radio parts kits before factory-built radio sets were marketed.

In the early ‘30s, the company became one of just four microphone manufacturers in the United States with the introduction of the Model 33N Two-Button Carbon Microphone. A slew of microphone innovations followed, including the Model 55 Unidyne Microphone, the first single-element unidirectional microphone, which was created in 1939. According to the company, its “performance qualities and distinctive styling ultimately make it the most recognized microphone in the world.”

In the early ‘40s, the company began supplying the U.S. military with microphones. By the mid-’40s, the company had become the largest producer of phonograph cartridges in the U.S., supplying cartridges to major phonograph manufacturers, including Philco, RCA, Emerson, Magnavox, Admiral and Motorola.

In 1966, the Shure SM58 was adopted by rock ‘n’ roll musicians, the company said. It quickly becomes a standard for live performance vocals and remains the most popular vocal microphone in the world, according to Shure.

Since then, the company has expanded into wireless microphone systems, monitoring, headphones and many other professional and consumer audio products.

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