Karl E. Eberhardt, a Derby resident who dedicated his life to teaching, died Saturday (Dec. 29, 1990) in Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna, after a long illness. He was 94.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 7 in the First Church of Evans. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Born in Annweiler, Germany, Eberhardt fought in the German Army during World War I -- first in the infantry and then in the air force. Following graduation from college, he emigrated to the United States in 1923.
After his arrival in Buffalo, he first worked for the Jaffoy Jewelry Co. He later tested cars for both the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. and Cadillac.
But it was as a teacher that Eberhardt was best known, beginning his career at Burgard Vocational in 1939 and lasting until earlier this year.
"My father always said he never really retired from teaching," said his daughter and only survivor, Karlyn Dickinson of Derby. "He thought teaching was the best thing in the world. It was his life."
During World War II he worked for the U.S. government teaching riveting and other airplane construction skills -- mostly to women -- at both Bell Aircraft and Curtiss-Wright. He also taught in Olean, Plattsburgh and Baltimore during World War II.
After the war, he returned to Burgard, where he taught auto mechanics and other industrial arts. He retired from Burgard in 1959 but continued teaching industrial arts full time for the Lakeshore School District until he "retired" in 1975.
But he continued to teach both German and French in the district's adult education program until early 1990.
"My father had a philosophy about life and living so long," Mrs. Dickinson said. "No drinking, no smoking, lots of exercise and lots of education. He always said you could never be too educated."
He was the longtime secretary of the Burgard Retired Teachers Association and was active at the Friendship House senior citizen center in Angola.
In 1941, he married the former Catherine Schupp, who died in 1980.