SAG-AFTRA Remembers Yale Summers

SAG-AFTRA Remembers Yale Summers

SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement on member Yale Summers, who passed away Sunday, May 6:

"SAG-AFTRA mourns longtime member and past SAG Ralph Morgan Award recipient Yale Summers, 78, who passed away Sunday in Beverly Hills after a long battle with COPD.

Summers joined SAG in 1961 and AFTRA in 1963, and was a committed activist and leader serving on the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors for more than 27 years; on the National Executive Committee for 18 years; as past national recording secretary and past National Treasurer; as an emeritus director and a past member SAG Foundation board; and as a trustee of the SAG Pension & Health Funds. For AFTRA, he served on both the Los Angeles Local Board and National Board of Directors for 24 years.

He was a founder, past committee chair and SAG producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and, with Marie Windsor, founded the SAG Hollywood Film Society, which he served as co-chair with Timothy Blake until 2010.

Actor and former SAG President Ed Asner said, 'Yale was a good man and a good friend who was totally dedicated to his belief in the union. He was completely unbiased and never took sides. He had a purist vision of how the guild should be run and wasn't swayed by the influence of special interest groups. He put the best interest of the guild and union first. I'm deeply sorry for his passing.'

SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams and chair of the SAG Awards Show Committee added, 'The SAG Foundation and the SAG Awards Show Committee mourn the loss of Yale Summers, who meant so much to us. Yale was one of the founding members and served on the SAG Foundation Board from its inception in 1985, including a number of years as its treasurer. He also served on the SAG Awards Show Committee for fifteen years, thirteen of those as chairman. His contribution to his fellow actors through these organizations and the Guild itself, was immeasurable.'

SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said, 'It was a privilege to know and work with Yale Summers. He brought so many good things to our members and through these remarkable programs, his influence is still felt in tangible ways. From the SAG Awards to the Film Society, Yale’s contributions continue to affect members and a part of him will remain with SAG-AFTRA. We offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Suzie, his son Jordan, daughter Jolie and his grandchildren.'