August 12, 2014
Fred Lustig died August 12, 2014 in Reno/Spanish Springs, Nevada. He was born in 1928 in the city of Geisa, located in what later became East Germany. When he was nine years old, he left Germany for San Francisco. The spirit of San Francisco fueled his passion for learning, creating and achieving. He was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, collector, model railroad enthusiast, beloved husband and father of three.
In 1950, he married Anita Joan Broune. Together they travelled the world, built a business and raised a family. They founded Scientific Instrument Company, Inc. in Silicon Valley.
He served as the National President of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA). For many years, he and Anita planned and hosted EuroRally, which gave MBCA members a 10-day driving and sight seeing tour of Germany. Fred and Anita also enjoyed driving their 1898 Benz Velo and the 1901 Benz Ideal in the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run, which is the world's longest running motoring event.
After raising their children, Fred and Anita made their home in the Reno, NV area, where he lived until the time of his death. He is survived by Anita Lustig, his wife of 64 years and children Martin (Sally) Lustig of La., Don (Rhonda) Lustig of Ala, and Elizabeth (Michael) Beer of Cal. and their families.
The family suggests Guide Dogs for the Blind for any memorial contributions. Friends may contact the family through the online guest book.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Oct. 12, 2014.