Gerald J. Christian, who led the sound effects department at Universal Studios where he worked for 42 years, died Saturday, May 26, inBurbank,California, after a year-long illness. He was 86.
Christian received an Emmy for film sound effects editing for Steven Spielberg’s Duel in 1971. He created and oversaw the sound effects for many other movies, including Spielberg’s Jaws and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and The Birds. He also worked on TV shows, including Dragnet, Columbo, and Knight Rider.
He was born inQuincy,Illinois. His parents were Alice Yates, who was a cousin of Mark Twain, and Benton Christian, a cousin of Alexander Graham Bell.
Jerry is survived by his wife,Nan; son, Robert; brother, Bill; sisters, Dorothy Kanowsky and Rosetta Neff; and grandchildren, Maxwell and Caitlin; as well as nephews, nieces, and countless friends who loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.