Karl Spangler Quisenberry

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Karl Quisenberry, Age 89, of Asheville died on Wednesday February 18, 2016. Karl was born on April 4, 1926 in Washington, D.C. and served the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war, he attended the University of Nebraska and later the University of Minnesota, where he received a PhD in Nuclear Physics in 1956. His professional life led him across the country, starting as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, designing nuclear submarine reactors in Schenectady, New York and finally onto a career with Schlumberger in both Ridgefield, Connecticut and Houston, Texas. Karl moved to Asheville in 1993 and was active in numerous community groups including the Rotary Club, United Way and WCQS. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, where he was elected a Director Emeritus in 2007 in recognition of his outstanding service. Karl was passionate about travelling during his life, visiting 87 countries and all 50 states. In his younger years, he was an active hiker and skier (on both snow and water) and enjoyed flying a small airplane around the country. Karl is survived by Shirley, his wife of 67 years and their three children; Keith (and wife Karen) of Pittsburgh, PA, Nancy Brady (and husband David) of Woodbury, MN and David (and wife Jennifer) of Farmington, CT. In addition, Karl has 5 granddaughters, 3 grandsons and 2 grandpuppies. A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NC Stage, the Asheville Symphony or the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. So very sad to learn of Karl’s passing, and so very grateful to have known him for a time. He was a larger than life personality whose humor, candor, sharp intelligence and genuine caring were gifts from which all who knew him benefitted. I will never forget his kindness and support, when he claimed me as an ‘adopted daughter’ (likely one of many!) when I needed some fatherly advice and care.

    Much love to Shirley, and thinking of you all at this time.

  2. Karl was a delightful man with such a great spirit and energy. I knew him from my time with the Rotary Club of Asheville, and will always think of him fondly. To Shirley and family, I am very sorry for your loss and thinking of you. He is a person who I was so happy to know, and he will stay with me always.

  3. Tom and I have known Karl and Shirley for the past several years, and it was always a pleasure to encounter them at various events around town.

    Please know, Shirley, that we extend our most heartfelt expression of sorrow for the loss of your soul mate, as Karl surely was, and desire a peaceful future for you..

  4. Shirley,
    Dennis and I are saddened to hear of Karl’s passing. I want to let you know that you and Karl were some of the first people to help me feel welcome into our congregation and over the years, it has been one of my big treats to see you and catch up on the everyday events of our lives. Know that our thoughts are with you as you and your family grieve the loss of Karl.

    With Love,
    Barbara and Dennis Campbell

  5. Shirley, I was so saddened to hear of Karl’s passing. It was always a pleasure to see you both during pledge drives and at events around town. There will never be a January 1st that goes by that I don’t think of you. Karl was one of the most effervescent and enthusiastic board members we’ve ever had at WCQS. Every time we talked we had a delightful conversation, and he never failed to give me an update on you and the family. He was so proud of all of you! As accomplished as he was in his career, and as involved as he was with different groups around town, it was you, Keith, Nancy and David that made him truly happy. With love and sympathy.

  6. Shirley and family. I am sad for your loss. Jesus said ‘ you will be with me in paradise’ How will this promise be fulfilled? On Wednesday March 23 every Kingdom Hall will have a special talk answering this question. No collections are every taken. We would love you see you and your family.

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