James Foy, a former Burbank resident who spent nearly two decades as the on-air editorial director at KNBC-TV in the 1970s and '80s, died of a heart attack Saturday in his Victorville home, family members reported Thursday. He was 81.

Foy is survived by his wife, four siblings, and about a dozen children and grandchildren.

During his on-air career, Foy won three Golden Microphone awards, said his son, David Foy.

James Foy spent three years in the Air Force during the Korean War training as a camera and sound operator, and was later stationed in the Panama Canal Zone to make training films for the military.

After leaving KNBC, James Foy served as general manager of the Los Angeles Press Club and taught journalism at Pasadena City College. He lived in Burbank from 1973 to 1993.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at High Desert Funeral and Cremation, located at 16545 Bear Valley Road in Hesperia.

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