GUSTAVE HAUSER
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HAUSER--Gustave. Gustave M. Hauser, born in Cleveland, OH, died of dementia on February 14, 2021 at the age of 91 in New York City, his home for more than sixty years. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University (1950) and Harvard Law School (1953), he completed his military service and then returned to Harvard Law School in the fall of 1955 as an Instructor/Teaching Fellow. There he met a first year law student, Rita, one of the few women then recently admitted to the Law School. They married in June, 1956, and shared a wonderful life together for more than 64 years. Gustave subsequently earned an L.L.M. from New York University Law School and a law diploma from the Law Faculty of the University of Paris, France. He began his business career in the field of international telecommunications. From 1973 to 1983, he was Chairman and CEO of Warner Cable Communications, then the largest company in the cable television industry. He was a recognized leader in that industry, developing programming innovations such as The Movie Channel, pay-per-view and other interactive services, affording viewers a wide range of program choice in their home. His pleasure was visible when those who grew up with Nickelodeon, which he started, told him their children had done the same. Gustave was someone his colleagues turned to for advice and career guidance as Cable TV became a singular part of the media landscape. Many of his proteges became leaders of the industry; women were given their first opportunity both in front and behind the camera. He established Hauser Communications in 1983, a private company for his many investments in communication companies. Gustave was a founder of The Paley Center for Media, and served as a Director and Vice Chair of the Board from the Center's inception until he retired at the close of 2018. Modesty was Gustave's hallmark. He and his wife Rita were philanthropists together, supporting innovative legal education at both Harvard and NYU Law Schools. The Hauser Institute for Health Innovation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital heralded their broad support for telemedicine. Their early initiative established telemedicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery, allowing video conferencing live from any operating room to anywhere in the world. The Harvard Institute for Learning and Teaching is instrumental in the ongoing application of virtual education, especially significant in the time of the COVID Pandemic. He and Rita shared a great love of classical music, and they underwrote many programs and activities at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic and The Chamber Music Society. In addition to his wife, he leaves their daughter Ana Burtnett and her husband Daryl, as well as a wonderful grandson who goes by the name of Gustave.


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Published in New York Times on Feb. 16, 2021.
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February 22, 2021
A gentle giant, who was the quiet and brilliant “other half” of the RitaGus dynamic duo...will be sorely missed. Rita, sending strength and giant virtual hugs.
Ambassador Mark and Nancy Gilbert
Friend
February 19, 2021
A lovely man, amazingly accomplished yet modest. Glad to have known him and to have welcomed him so often to Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, whose board Rita Hauser chairs. Our condolences
Harold Holzer
Acquaintance
February 17, 2021
No words can express the sorrow for My Chairman...Our Chairman
Michael Marcovsky
Coworker
February 16, 2021
A true pioneer and gentleman.
Edward Horowitz
Acquaintance
February 16, 2021
My deepest sympathies to Rita, family and friends. I was one of the front line soldiers in the cable revolution under Mr.Hauser’s (Gus as he preferred to be called) strong
command, being the first dispatched at age 25 to Columbus for “Cable World,” later branded Qube. Subsequently, back to HDQ to help launch Warner’s entry in the Satellite arena, launching Nickelodeon, The Movie Channel (FKA Star Channel) and later MTV. I remained in contact with Gus continuing to receive his mentoring as I perused my own career in the industry, and last saw him receiving the greatly deserved Cable Pioneer Award. What special memories are indelible of Gustave M. Hauser....or as he would prefer: Gus

Warm regards,
Nyhl Henson
Warner Cable 1973-1980
Nyhl Henson
Coworker
February 16, 2021
What a great Man so kind and Caring , I worked for Hauser communications for over 14 years until they sold the company to SBC. I started in Minnesota and was transferred with the company to HQ in Arlington, VA I met Gus many times and know and still talk with his business partner John Evans to this day. Gus will truly be miss a one of a kind Guy my thoughts and prayer go out to his Family and Rita.
Scott Shelley
Scott Shelley
Coworker
February 16, 2021
I treasure memories of Gus and his wonderful wife from Paris to New York over a 60 year period. Gus was a rare human being who understood that greatness does not require egotism. His example will be missed . My deep sympathy for Rita.
Donald Fox
Friend
February 16, 2021
Gus will remain in our hearts forever. He was gentle, caring, humble, and brilliant. We loved listening to Gus’s soft voice as he described his creations with passion related to how it would make a contribution to the greater good, and always in a selfless and modest manner. Together, Rita and Gus changed the world with their commitment to humanity and deep love for each other.
Sam and Bonnie Marks
Sam and Bonnie Marks
Friend
February 16, 2021
Gus will remain in our hearts forever. He was gentle, humble, caring, and brilliant. We loved listening to his soft voice as he described his new creations. His pride was related to the level of contribution that it would make for the greater good, and always in a selfless and modest manner.
Together, Rita and Gus changed the world with their commitment to humanity and their deep love for each other.
Love and gratitude, Sam and Bonnie Marks
Sam and Bonnie Marks
February 16, 2021
We’ve lost a GIANT. Pioneer, philanthropist, visionary, mentor and a great friend! Will miss Gus enormously,,hugs to his bride of 65 years,, Rita
KAPLAN STEVEN
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