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Subject: Sound Editor Joseph Sorokin

Dies at 92
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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 05:54:43am

Joseph Sorokin

Joseph G. Sorokin passed away in the embrace of his daughter at the age of 92, four months before his 93rd birthday. Joseph was born in Freehold, New Jersey, the 5th of seven siblings.

Joseph was a highly decorated World War II veteran, an officer, a navigator, in the United States Merchant Marine with six distinguished service citations and a medal and a personally signed letter from President Harry Truman thanking him for his honorable service. He has the distinction of navigating the Merchant Marine ship, the Thomas S. Clingman that made the longest circumnavigational voyage around the world of any U.S. wartime vessel during World War II.

Joseph is very famous in the Motion Picture Industry. He was an Emmy-Award winning sound editor who created the sound effects for the original “Star Trek” television series. Joseph also helped design the Starship Enterprise for the series with Matt Jefferies, a friend and fellow pilot. Joseph also created the sound effects for the television series “Mission Impossible,” "Mannix,” “The Untouchables,” “Amos’n' Andy,” “The Lucy Show,” “Here’s Lucy,” “Dallas,” “Knot’s Landing,” which he supervised for 11 years, and many other television and film attributes. He worked with some of the biggest names in the business, like Lucille Ball, Gene Roddenberry, and Orson Welles.

Joseph was also a distinguished pilot who was the recipient of the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the FAA's most prestigious award for pilots for lifetime achievement in flying. Joseph was also a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) who would often teach students to fly without accepting payment. Flying was his passion, and he owned a Ryan PT-22 Recruit and a North American T-6, both military trainer aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps during World War II for primary and advanced pilot training. Joseph was also an esteemed member of the Quiet Birdmen. He attended Los Angeles City College right before the war and then joined the United States Merchant Marine in 1942 at the age of 19. He then attended OCS (Officer’s Candidate School) at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut in 1943, graduating in the rank of 2nd officer, navigator, in the United States Merchant Marine. He attended Woodrow Wilson College of Law and graduated top in his class, receiving his law degree, J.D., in 1977.

Joseph was a brilliant, highly learned, accomplished, distinguished, handsome, sweet gentleman who deeply loved his daughter, Carrie, more than anything in the world. Joseph and his daughter shared a unique, close relationship and were devoted to each other from the day his daughter was born.

Joseph acquired Parkinson's disease in 2009 at the age of 86, but through the full-time care of his daughter he was able to live a healthy and happy life until his passing November 3, 2015. When he first acquired Parkinson's in 2009, his daughter used diet and exercise to treat and halt the progression of the disease, becoming his personal trainer, taking him to the fitness club three days a week, helping him exercise, strength train, build muscle and maintain and enjoy his quality of life. Some of their happiest memories were working out together three days a week at the California Family Fitness in Roseville, California.

Joseph was a great and kind man who helped people whenever he could and left a powerful, lasting impression on anyone who had the privilege and honor to meet him.
He was the most incredible, loving, devoted father and will be forever loved and in the heart of his daughter.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 6, 2019.


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IMDb-Wednesday, February 06, 05:55:04am
FUN FACT: Sorokin was older brother of actor Harry Landers (birthname Harry Sorokin), of TV's "Ben Casey" fame, who died days after his 96th birthday in 2017. ...FUN FACT 2.0: Joe Sorokin helped create the sound effects for TV's STAR TREK, including audio for its tasers, and portation beams.Wednesday, February 06, 10:40:30am

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