John Vassos

John Vassos (October 23, 1898 – December 6, 1985, born John Plato Vassacopoulos) whose career as an American industrial designer and artist helped define the shape of radio, television, broadcasting equipment, and computers for the Radio Corporation of America for almost four decades. He is best known for both his art deco illustrated books and iconic turnstile for the Perey company, as well as modern radios, broadcast equipment, and televisions for RCA. He was a founder of the Industrial Designers Society of America, in 1965, serving as its first chairman simultaneously with Henry Dreyfuss as its president. Vassos' design philosophy was to make products that were functional for the user.

John Vassos
BornJohn Plato Vassacopoulos
(1898-10-23)October 23, 1898
Sulina, Romania
Died7 December 1985(1985-12-07) (aged 87)
Norwalk, Connecticut
OccupationAuthor, industrial designer
Nationality Greek
GenreIndustrial Design
Notable worksContempo Phobia Perey Turnstile, RCA TRK12 television, RCA Victor Special phonograph, RCA 9YJ 45rpm phonograph
SpouseRuth Vassos
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1940–1945
Commands heldOffice of Strategic Services - OSS
Battles/warsSecond World War Mediterranean Theater of Operations
Awards Gold Cross of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece)

A decorated veteran of World War II, Vassos was chief of the OSS "Spy School" in Cairo, Egypt from 1942-1945.[1]