Karl E. Dorschu
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Karl E. Dorschu, age 88 of Upper Chichester, PA on January 19, 2019. Survived by his wife and best friend of 62 years, Jean (Foseid); son David and daughter-in-law Mimi; daughter Julie; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul. Karl earned degrees from Drexel University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Lehigh University (Ph.D.) in metallurgical engineering. He was a design engineer for the Westinghouse Jet Engine Division and served in the U.S. Army. Following graduate school, he was a researcher and research manager at Air Reduction Company in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he developed advanced alloy steel filler metals for military and energy uses and was awarded six patents for this and other research applications. Karl was a manager of the metals and ceramics laboratory and later Vice President of the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories. Moving the Liberty Bell from Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell Pavilion during the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration was his responsibility as metallurgical consultant. Later he was a general manager of the A. Johnson Welding Products Division. Subsequent to that, he was owner of the Weldring Company for 18 years. Karl was a fellow of the American Society for Materials as well as the American Welding Society. He authored numerous papers on welding processes and metallurgy. As an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Broomall, Pennsylvania for 46 years, he served in the choir and various leadership positions. He was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan, and loved history, especially the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. He enjoyed domestic and foreign travel with his wife, Jean, for many years. In later years, reading was his passion. Karl will be forever missed by his family who drew strength and inspiration from his loving and exemplary character. A celebration of his life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church. A date and time is still to be determined. Donations in his memory may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 2191 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008, 610-356-1824 or Upper Chichester Library, 3374 Chichester Avenue, #19, Upper Chichester, PA 19061.

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Published in The Daily Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2019.
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January 24, 2019
I was privileged to call Karl my friend. He was a very special person. He always looked at the bright side of life. Rest in peace, Karl.
Betty Damore
January 23, 2019
Karl has fought the good fight and has gone to his reward. We will all miss him. My prayers are with you, Jean, and the family.
With sincerest sympathy, Barbara Howe
Barbara Howe
January 22, 2019
Joyce Mitchell
January 22, 2019
It is a sad day at Creekside Village for the community has lost one of its best neighbors. Laura and I had the privilege of becoming friends with Karl and his lovely wife Jean when we moved to Creekside in 2005. Karl was a man of many accomplishments, extremely wise, non-partisan and compassionate. But he never talked about himself, preferring to bask in the achievements of his family and friends. Some people know a little about a lot of things, others know a lot about a few things -- Karl knew lots about a lot of things. He could be competitive at times -- just try to beat him at bridge. But he always competed with a smile, keen wit and dry sense of humor. His undying passion and loyalty for his dear Phillies and Eagles was only exceeded by his adoration for his family, who were enriched daily by his presence. Karl kindled our interest in Opera and we introduced him to the genius of Stephen Sondheim. We will miss this truly great man in so many ways, but we will always try to be there for Jean. Rest in peace, Karl.


Laura and Dave Schreiber
David Schreiber
January 22, 2019
Some people you just can't replace. Karl was one of them. Laura and I had the privilege of becoming a friend of Karl and his wife Jean when we moved to Creekside Village 13 years ago. He knew a lot, accomplished much but said little about his achievements. Only one thing was dearer to him than the Eagles or Phils -- his family. He competed quietly but expertly as we discovered when playing many games of bridge. Karl gave us a greater appreciation of opera and we hoped he started to admire the musical and lyrical talents of Stephen Sondheim. For these and many other reasons, Karl will be greatly missed.


Laura and David Schreiber
January 21, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the Dorschu Family for the loss of your loved one, Karl, and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.
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