Karl August Senghaas

January 5, 1922November 22, 2012

Karl Senghaas, Engineer and Inventor, left us on Thursday November 22, 2012 after suffering from a devastating stroke. In addition, Karl battled a long fight against Parkinson’s disease. Karl was born on January 5, 1922 in Heilbronn, Germany. He married Inge Maier Senghaas in 1951 in Stuttgart, Germany after earning his Master’s Degree in Engineering. Shortly after, Karl moved to the United States. He worked in Princeton, New Jersey as a QC Manager, until he was chosen to work with NASA in College Park, Maryland in 1966. In 1972, Karl and his family moved to San Antonio, where they built a design/manufacturing firm by the airport called Electrolab, Incorporated. Karl was President of Electrolab until his retirement in 2007. Karl spent his working career as a long-standing contributor to the technology industry here in San Antonio, with some 30 patents to his name (Google: “Patents, Karl Senghaas” for more information). Karl played a key role as lead in electronics design, to patent the first “Tomerex” (later called the Panorex) X-Ray machine; the first machine developed for full-mouth X-Ray scans. At NASA, in College Park, Maryland, Karl was selected as part of the design, implementation and training team on NASA patenedt the Photomultiplier used in space-exploration. Karl was often lovingly named, “The Einstein of San Antonio”, due to his unrelenting desire to find creative solutions to problems that initially appeared unsolvable. Karl never forgot to train young engineers, providing countless opportunities for achievement right here in San Antonio. Karl continued to work with Electrolab on a consulting basis until just two weeks before his passing. He is survived by his wife, Inge Senghaas, his son and daughter, Peter Senghaas, Kathy Senghaas Molga, along with his four grandchildren. Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX 78218. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, to The Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 30, 2012

Karl August Senghaas

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Herta Sanders

January 9, 2013

Inge, We send our heart felt condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you.
Herta Weller Sanders und Familie (Orem, Utah).

Ed and Betty Mann

December 4, 2012

Inge, we share your great loss with you I came into the family as Ed Mann's wife fifteen years ago. The family frequently shared their regard for you, Karl and your children. I cherish the times you came to our parties,talking with all of you and sharing the good eats you brought. Our prayers are with you as you structure yours days without Karl. We pray that you will find meaning ton ways to spend your time. We are honoring Karl with our gift to The University of Texas Health Science center. We regret not being able to be with you for his mom oriel service. Deep regards, Ed and Betty Mann

Rusty & Lisa Breshears

November 29, 2012

You could not find a kinder man. A wonderful neighor. You will be missed.
God Bless he and his family
Rusty and Lisa

Pat Kunakoff Beard

November 26, 2012

God Speed Karl. We were blessed to have known you and your good works. Prayers to the Senghaas family. Know that he is in a better place and always in your hearts.

Karl and Hermine, with daughters Angela and Susi Rathgeb

November 25, 2012

Karl Senghaas was a very generous man. In 1955, myself coming from Switzerland, as an immigrant to Toronto, Ontario/Canada, he and Inge his wife, took me and three of my friends, off the same boat, into his house. The only connection I had was a piece of paper, with a phone number, that my mother in Germany secured from his Mother in Law. The immigration office called his number and he welcomed four new immigrants to stay in his house. We are friends and family since. Both our families moved to New Jersey. Our kids grew up together. We struggled as new immigrants. We loved it, and we got older. Around 1957, he installed the very first community television cable system in Park Royal, Clarkson, Ont., inventing it on the go. He contributed so much to everybody.
We will miss him very much and he will always be in our memory and our prayers.

Joe Bohan

November 25, 2012

My condolences to his family.I worked with him at ITM and was inspired to excellence by his example.He was the kindest,smartest creative person I've ever known and with no ego. Unique.Good bye old friend. I shall miss you .