Andrew (Andy) Kaul IV, 78, of Das Zip Haus, St Marys, a Big Ten wrestling champion and electronics industry pioneer, died Friday, August 26, 2011 after a lengthy illness.
He was born November 10, 1932, in St. Marys, the son of the late Andrew Kaul III and Libby Morrow Kaul.
On October 24, 1959, at the Sacred Heart Church, he married Margaret Imboden, who survives.
Andy was a 1951 graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., where he was introduced to the sport of wrestling. He was a three-time national prep wrestling champion while at The Hill School.
He was a 1955 graduate of The University of Michigan, graduating with a BBA. While there, Andy led the Wolverines to two wrestling Big 10 Conference championships. He was a two-time NCAA All-American, placing fourth at 137 lbs. in 1954 and second at the same weight in 1955. He was captain of the Michigan team in 1955, one of the years that they were Big Ten champs He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the MClub. After graduating, Andy remained an intense Michigan fan the rest of his life, much to the chagrin of the Penn State fans in his hometown. Andy always asked, “What are the last two words of the national anthem?,” answering with a boisterous, “GO BLUE!”
He went on to study law at the University of Virginia, where he was an assistant coach with their wrestling program. He also spent one year studying German at The University of Munich.
Returning to St. Marys after college, he began a career at Speer Carbon, rotating through a number of job functions from production scheduling to sales. In the early 1960s, he accepted a new challenge with the Air Products division of Airco Speer, working on a joint program with Jacques Cousteau and the U.S. Navy to specially formulate an air mixture for deep sea dives and habitation.
In the late ‘60s, he began working with the electronics division of Airco Speer. He led the research to determine where overseas manufacturing should take place. It was decided to build a manufacturing facility in Singapore, where he and his family moved in 1969. He served as vice president and president of Airco Singapore. While in Singapore, he was president of the American Association. He also assisted with the Singapore National wrestling team.
After returning to St. Marys from Singapore in the mid-70s, he continued to work in international marketing with Airco Electronics, which became KOA Speer Electronics. He left KOA Speer Electronics to work with Pure Carbon in their international marketing department in the late 1970s.
Over the years, he served as director at Jeffers Electronics, director of ASJ Components, director of the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital, director of Penn Bank, director of Kaul Hall Oil and Gas, director of Kaul Land Company and director of the Andrew Kaul Foundation. He served as president and was an active member of the St. Marys and Bradford Kiwanis Club for years. He served for years on the board at the St. Marys Youth Council. He fervently believed in the mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, supporting them locally, as his family has for generations. He was a passionate member of the St. Marys Historical Society and the International Brick Collectors Association.
Andy was an avid hunter and outdoorsman his entire life. Another love of his was Trout Run Lodge, a hunting and fishing property that has been in the family since it was built as a summer home in the 1800s by William “The Colonel” Kaul. The first annual hunt at Trout Run Lodge was conducted in the late 1800s and ran until 2009. In the 1930s, Trout Run hosted politicians such as Vice President John Nance Garner, Senator (and later President) Harry Truman and baseball players Lefty Gomez and George Selkirk. Andy cherished the many friendships made over the years during the hunting season and the history of Trout Run.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by his daughter, Heidi Kaul Krutek and her husband David of Asheville, N.C., and granddaughters Jordan and Woodli Krutek; his son, Frank Kaul II and his wife Jill of St. Marys, and grandsons John and Samuel Kaul; and his sister Jane Kaul Wilson and her husband Walter of Birmingham, Ala.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Andrew Kaul IV will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 325 Center St., St. Marys, on Wednesday, August 31 at noon, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, as celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St., St Marys, on Tuesday, August 30 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club, 19 North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.