William Konrad Obituary

William K, Konrad
William K, Konrad

December 15, 1921 - June 21, 2017
Born in Pittsburg, PA
Resided in Palm Harbor, FL


William L. Konrad 95 passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 21st 2017. He was born Dec. 15, 1921 in Pittsburgh Pa; the son of the late William A. Konrad and Catherine M. (Lawrence) Konrad. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy Weyman Konrad his wife of 57 years whom he married November 27, 1948 in Pittsburgh. He leaves his children William W. Konrad of Dunedin Fl. and Barabara J. Wheeler of Newark Vt. and his grandchildren William M. Konrad , Krista Bright and Curtis Wheeler.

Bill served in the Navy from 7/21/1944 to 6/8/1946 as a Radar technician. He went on to graduate from Carnegie Institute of Technology ( now Carnegie Mellon Univ.) in 1948 as an electrical engineer. He enjoyed a wide and varied engineering career, first with Union Switch and Signal, where he designed and tested railroad and mine communication equipment. This work found him riding locomotives and working in coal and salt mines.

With Avco Corp. in 1959, and Raytheon Co. in 1967 in New London Ct., he commenced a career in underwater acoustics. In 1970, he joined the Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory (USNUSL) furthering his career in nonlinear and underwater acoustics where he became widely recognized in the discipline, lecturing extensively here and abroad. Elected as a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and senior engineer in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, he authored over 100 papers mostly on nonlinear acoustics. Bill holds 20 patents on acoustical and electronic devices.

He received many awards including the prestigious Decibel Award upon retirement from the navy lab in 1986. As a consultant with the Kildare Corp. and others he continued his work in underwater acoustics for several more years.

Bill served on the board of the East Lyme Land conservation Trust helping making trails in Oswegathie Hills. In his earlier years he was active in boat building and sailing, and was a member of the Niantic Bay Yacht Club. His hobbies included amateur radio (licensed since 1938), hiking, traveling, and repairing electrical devices for friends and family. He also coordinated the Tuesday luncheons of the Navy lab retirees and the amatuer radio operators where he occasionally gave short "show and tells" on technical subjects.

Calling hours will be on Monday June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thomas L. Neilan and Sons Funeral Home 48 Grand St. Niantic Ct. A mass will be celebrated at St Agnes Church on Wednesday June 27 at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Great Neck Country Club in Waterford, Ct.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of the donors choice.




St. Agnes Church
22 Haigh Avenue
Niantic, CT US 06357
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
11:00 AM
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
East Lyme Cemetery
Boston Post Road
East Lyme, CT US 06333
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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