- 10:00am - Saturday, November 15, 2014
I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org
—Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL
Born July 18, 1929 in Houston, Karl Doerner Jr. grew up in Cherryhurst. He attended Woodrow Wilson, Lanier, Lamar, and Rice. As a child, he was a member of the Popeye Club, which met on Saturdays at the Tower Theater. He took up the trumpet and played in Cliff Drescher's Cowboy Band. Later, he formed his own band and was popular locally.
While at Rice, he met his wife, Joan Bennett, earned his BA (’51), as well as MS degrees in Civil (‘52) and Mechanical engineering (‘53).
He worked with his father at Doerner Plastering Co. and contributed to such notable buildings as the Pennzoil Building, Transco Tower, Hobby and IAH airports, and many of the original NASA buildings. He was most proud of their work on the Wortham Theater Center.
Somehow, he also managed to research cancer at Baylor College of Medicine, publish articles on theoretical biology, and guest lecture at Oxford University in England.
He had a fun sense of humor. When his children were young, he would advise them to eat their vegetables or risk catching the dreaded disease "Diabungbootis." Once, while exploring a Civil War battlefield, he encountered a group of re-enactors advancing, bayonets a-gleaming, so he waved his handkerchief over his head and yelled "I surrender!"
He enjoyed cruises on the tall ship Sea Cloud and cruising the Gulf Coast on his own sloop, Two Tars. He also enjoyed frequent trips to Jamaica and Italy, and napping through the many operas and ballets he attended.
Evenings, later in life, you would find him seated at his desk reading a favorite book by Faulkner or Updike. He once discovered an error in Joseph Heller’s Something Happened. Heller acknowledged the error and thanked him for the discovery. Later, he discovered an error in a novel by John Updike. Updike also thanked him for the correction.
Still alive are three of his five children: Alison, Mark, and Randal. Also, daughter-in-law, Erica, and four grandchildren: Dylan, Julian, Ellery, and Helene.
A reception will be held at his home November 15 between 10am-12pm. His ashes will be buried in Washington County near Burton, TX at the Bethany Christian Church Cemetery, where his wife, their two sons (Nelson and Karl III), and daughter-in-law (Mary Francis) await him.