His Life

Walter A. Sauter

Born: December 30, 1925

Childhood: Boonton, NJ

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Electrical Engineering, ROTC

US Navy: Lieutenant

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering

While working at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Walt first met Leah at a dance in 1951. Several months later, during the Korean War, the Navy called Walt to service again. Walt then served for two years on the USS Benham (DD-796), and for two months on the USS Montpelier (CL-57). Many letters passed between them during this time. Walt and Leah were finally married on January 23, 1954.

Walt was a life-long thinker and inventor (many patents), cherished husband, exemplary father and grandfather, peacefully entered into glory on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at his beloved home in Malibu. His battle with leukemia was hard-fought, especially for a 93 year-old. He is survived by his wife Leah of 65 years, his children Karl, Karen, Susan, Kathleen, 15 grandchildren, a growing crop of great-grandchildren, his sister Hilda and her family, cousin Elsa and other relatives in Germany. He will also be missed by the many who knew him through his work and the family’s life in Topanga and Malibu, and through 53 years of dedicated service to his church. He was renowned for his problem-solving ideas and sharing stories of his experiences as a Navy Lieutenant. His heart was full of love, care and concern for all who knew him.