In Memory

Karl Doerr - Class Of 1922

Karl Doerr

Karl Doerr

September 27, 1904 - March 5, 1971


Joint Rites Held for Karl P. Doerrs

Joint funeral services were held for former South Pasadenans Mr & Mrs Karl P. Doerr who died within 24 hours of one another in Mexico City.

Mr Doerr, 66, died of a heart attack the morning of March 5, 1971, at the American-British Hospital where he was a member of the board of directors.

Mrs Pauline Hammer Doerr, 65, died early March 6, 1971, at her home, also of a heart attack.

The couple had both spent their youth in South Pasadena where they attended the city's elementary and high schools.

Mr Doerr was a graduate of Stanford's school of mining and employed his knowledge of explosives with the Dupont Company following his graduation.  During World War II he advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the OSS and instructed commandos at army camps on the east coast.  Following the war he was employed by the US Gypsum Company in charge of the firm's mining interests throughout Mexico.  He later joined his late father, Albert Doerr, in the latter's mining business, and was president of the Doerr Mine at Asientos, Mexico until his death.

In Mexico City he was past commander of the Alan Seegar Post of the American Legion, secretary-treasurer of the Aluminum Company of Mexico, a member of the Mexico City University Club and until recently, was a vestryman at the Christ Episcopal Cathedral in Mexico City.  He was also a past president of the American Society in Mexico City, and represented Stanford when the university's new campus at Puebla, Mexico was opened.

Mrs Doerr is survived by a sister, Mrs Sylvia Warren (SPHS '27) of Redondo Beach.  Mr Doerr is survived by two sisters, Mrs Mary Spencer of Pasadena and Mrs Martha Black (SPHS '24) of Mexico City; and a brother, Albert E. Doerr (SPHS '26) of Pasadena.

Pasadena Star-News, March 8, 1971