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Karl Senghaas, Engineer and Inventor, left us on Thursday November 22, 2012 after suffering from a devastating stroke. In addition, Karl battled a long fight against Parkinson's disease. Karl was born on January 5, 1922 in Heilbronn, Germany. He married Inge Maier Senghaas in 1951 in Stuttgart, Germany after earning his Master's Degree in Engineering. Shortly after, Karl moved to the United States. He worked in Princeton, New Jersey as a QC Manager, until he was chosen to work with NASA in College Park, Maryland in 1966. In 1972, Karl and his family moved to San Antonio, where they built a design/manufacturing firm by the airport called Electrolab, Incorporated. Karl was President of Electrolab until his retirement in 2007.
Karl spent his working career as a long-standing contributor to the technology industry here in San Antonio, with some 30 patents to his name (Google: "Patents, Karl Senghaas" for more information).
Karl played a key role as lead in electronics design, to patent the first "Tomerex" (later called the Panorex) X-Ray machine; the first machine developed for full-mouth X-Ray scans.
At NASA, in College Park, Maryland, Karl was selected as part of the design, implementation and training team on NASA patenedt the Photomultiplier used in space-exploration.
Karl was often lovingly named, "The Einstein of San Antonio", due to his unrelenting desire to find creative solutions to problems that initially appeared unsolvable. Karl never forgot to train young engineers, providing countless opportunities for achievement right here in San Antonio. Karl continued to work with Electrolab on a consulting basis until just two weeks before his passing. He is survived by his wife, Inge Senghaas, his son and daughter, Peter Senghaas, Kathy Senghaas Molga, along with his four grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX 78218. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to find a cure for Parkinson's disease, to The Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.
Published in Express-News on Nov. 25, 2012