Eph Konigsberg, active in LA fandom in the ‘40s and ‘50s, died September 9.
He joined LASFS in the 1940s and gained a reputation as one of the club’s main book reviewers.
An engineer, he eventually established Konigsberg Instruments, a company that specializes in miniature medical implants.
Jerry Pournelle and Konigsberg were good friends. See Jerry’s tribute here. Part of it tells about Konigsberg’s professional work:
Eph owned and was chief scientist of an instrumentation company that did fabulous work on physiological instrumentation, including a pill that troops could swallow and thereafter broadcast their fundamental physiological data. He did all this in early days when Moore’s Law hadn’t made such work easier.
Jerry also says Eph enjoyed lecturing (even more than Jerry!) Perhaps that begins to explain why Philip K. Dick dedicated The World Jones Made (1956) to “Eph Konigsberg who talked fast and talked very well.”
Konigsberg was married three times, first in 1949 to June (later Moffatt). They divorced in 1964. Together they had three children Robert (Bob), Katie, and Jerry.
Late in life Konigsberg also adopted Sandy Andrews and Karenia Kaminski, his step-daughters of nearly forty years. Bob Konigsberg told the Sierra Madre News: “They devoted much of the last few years to caring for Eph as they would have their own father – which is why he adopted them – to make sure they would be honored as his daughters. They are both like sisters to me as well.”
Eph Konigsberg was very active in his hometown’s civic affairs. Named Sierra Madre’s Older American in 2008, he was one of the honored passengers riding classic cars in the city’s Fourth of July parade that year.
[Via Chaos Manor.]