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.