May 22, 1925 - June 26, 2013
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Walter Unterberg died of cancer June 26th, 2013 at his home in Los Angeles, CA. He was 88 years old.
He was born May 22, 1925 in Vienna, Austria. He lived there until age thirteen when his family relocated to England. While there, Walter completed high school and earned a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Manchester.
In 1946, Walter and his family relocated to the US, settling in New York. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Flint, Michigan where he taught at the General Motors Institute of Technology. He married Elsie Zala in 1948. In 1950, they moved to Los Angeles where Walter worked as an aerospace engineer.
In 1964, Walter earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA. He enjoyed a long and noteworthy career in aerospace and environmental science with Marquardt, North American Rockwell, Atlantic Richfield, and CSC.
Aside from his work, Walter was a chess enthusiast, a world traveler, and loved hiking and playing tennis. He was also a consummate musician, mastering both modern and vintage stringed instruments, and conducting orchestras and opera productions. For years he was involved in Casa Italiana Opera Company and conducted for other LA opera companies as well.
After retiring from Engineering at age 75, Walter became a licensed patent agent, and continued collecting and playing Baroque and Renaissance stringed instruments.
He had a zest for life, a passion for the arts, kept up with many international friends, and showed an abundance of love for his family.
Walter is survived by his former wife Elsie Zala, his son Mark Unterberg, his daughter Jana Frances-Fischer, son-in-law Carl Fischer, and grandson Jake Walter Frances-Fischer.
A celebration of Walter's life will be held in December 2013 in Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 28, 2013