Sidney Konigsberg, PhD In San Rafael on June 29, 2011 at age 93. Devoted and beloved husband of the late Vivian Gardner Konigsberg for 71 years; loving father of the late Joanne Helene Konigsberg; uncle of Marilee K. Gardner, Joyce M. Konigsberg (Philip Cecchettini), Michael J. Smith (Lynn), Edward P. Smith, Jr. (Nancy) and Roger A. (Lynne Oberlander) Smith; and great uncle, great-great uncle, and cousin to many. Sidney was born in Berkeley. He graduated as valedictorian of Polytechnic College of Engineering in Oakland with degrees in Electrical and Radio Engineering and obtained a Doctor of Science from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Israel. During World War II he designed life saving equipment for the military and later founded three electronics firms. Sidney loved classical music and opera, and supported numerous arts and charitable organizations. He was a member of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco for over 60 years and the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years and served as an executive secretary of the National Marine Electronics Association and President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of American Technion Society. Dr. Konigsberg was an active contributor and Guardian of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, where he championed the work of outstanding faculty members through the Vivian Konigsberg Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Konigsberg was a licensed amateur radio operator for over 60 years. Sidney was a person of generous spirit and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his devoted companion, Marie Whitney. Funeral services will be held Friday (TODAY), July 1, 2011 at 10:30AM, at Home of Peace Cemetery Chapel, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma, followed by a graveside service. Donations to your favorite charity, preferred.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Jul. 1, 2011.