GODEHARD A. GUENTHER
1939 - 2014
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Guenther, Godehard A. Of Concord, MA, and Reno, NV, physicist and home electronics entrepreneur, died on October 16, 2014, at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland, MA, following an inspiring battle with gastric cancer. Born on April 9, 1939, in Bochum, Germany, he demonstrated an early acumen for engineering, building transistor radios out of scrap metal during the American occupation. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Göttingen and a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Heidelberg, where he met his wife, Adelheid (née Bott). Always enterprising, he funded his studies and many hobbies with freelance photography and geological survey work for clients around Germany. He joined the National Academy of Sciences as a fellow in 1968. A year later, the newlyweds emigrated to the United States where Dr. Guenther worked with a group of scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Huntsville, Alabama, to develop an experiment that was part of SkyLab, America's first space station. He left NASA in 1972 to pursue his growing interest in acoustics by dedicating himself to pushing the size and performance boundaries of extant audio equipment. He was a pioneer in American high fidelity consumer electronics and went on to found a/d/s of Wilmington, MA, and soundmatters, based in Reno, NV. His work in the electronics industry involved extensive travel in Europe and Asia, and he was a "million mile flyer." He was also a gifted amateur architect who partnered with professionals to build aesthetically demanding buildings in several states. A lover of music from every era, a gifted pianist, a refined oenophile, and with a particular fondness for Chinese and Japanese culture, cuisine, and art, he will be remembered for his unique combination of brilliance and humor, and for his endless enjoyment of his work. He inspired his family and his colleagues with his zest for life, his Wanderlust, and his imagination. He is predeceased by his parents and both of his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Adelheid, of Concord, MA, and Heidelberg, Germany, as well as by his three children, Christoph and his wife Sandy of Bamberg, Germany, Barbara and her husband Simon of London, United Kingdom, and Katja and her wife Tuppett of Pasadena, CA, as well as by seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Social Service Fund for Needy Patients, Massachusetts General Hospital, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114. For online guestbook, please visit www.deefuneralhome.com. Please contact Dee Funeral Home of Concord for details on a celebration of his life. Dee Funeral Home of Concord (978) 369-2030 Caring for families since 1868


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Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2014.
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November 17, 2014
I am a big ADS speakers fan, and got me into music. Thanks for your brilliance and great products you brought to this world. I will miss you and keep looking for anything about you.
Fang Yuan
November 6, 2014
Ningbo, China
The world is so fortunately to have you once !!!
And will remain in our heart forever !!!

Norman / Diana Huang
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November 6, 2014
Ningbo China on Dec. 2007
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November 6, 2014
Ningbo China on July, 2008
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November 6, 2014
Ningbo China on Oct. 2012
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November 6, 2014
Ningbo, China on Sept. 2009
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November 6, 2014
Ningbo, China. on Aug. 2007
Norman / Diana Huang
October 28, 2014
To my mentor, friend and business colleague, your absence will be greatly missed! We had great business success together and the many dinners and meetings we had together will always be remembered!
MurraySelarz
The Sound Factor
October 22, 2014
Godehard, you light up our live!
Dickson Ng
October 22, 2014
Godehard, RIP. Your spirit will live in my heart forever! We will make you proud and continue with your work.....
Dickson Ng
October 21, 2014
Words from Godehard that I will cherish for life
Dickson Ng
October 21, 2014
Dinner with Godehard, we enjoy eating together
Dickson Ng
October 21, 2014
My friend and mentor for over 35 years, godspeed on your next adventure Godehard, give all my best to Helmut...Michael Mandas
October 20, 2014
My relationship with A/D/S began for me at Rich's Car Tunes, which I believed to be the center of the universe. There were so many dynamic audio companies around greater Boston in the 70s and 80s, it almost felt like being a part of a cult in a good way. When it came to outstanding music systems for cars, A/D/S defined musicality and overall performance. The company culture that Godehard created was about innovation, premium quality, industrial design and great sound. The Power Plate 100 revolutionized the concept of audio amplification for the car. The 300i and 320i loudspeakers were nothing short of superb. The joy on our customer's faces getting to hear their cars sing...I hope Godehard's family takes comfort in the awesome contributions he made, the positive energy and good vibes that emanated from his life's work.
Micah Sheveloff
October 20, 2014
A brilliant and passionate man who lived everyday to its fullest that's who I will remember. You will be missed my friend.
Carmelo Arena
October 20, 2014
Rewrote the consumer electronics handbook. RIP.
Don Belanger
October 20, 2014
Lieber Godehard, du warst uns immer ein inspirierender und humorvoller Gesprächspartner, voller neuer technischer Ideen. Du warst ein Wanderer zwischen den Welten und bewegtest dich mit großer Leichtigkeit. Danke und auf Wiedersehn! Uta & Wolfgang aus Dresden, mit allen KLIPPEL Kollegen.
Uta Klippel
October 19, 2014
Godehard was an inspiration to me at A/D/S/ for his unending energy and passion as helm of his company.
Rich Coffman
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