|The Union Grass Valley, California 16 May 1998|
Memorial services for Paul E. Mengers, 70, of Nevada City will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. May 25, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City.
Mr. Mengers died Thursday, April 30, at home from cancer.
He was born on May 25, 1927, in Kenmare, N.D., to Dr. and Mrs. Ethan Mengers. Most of his childhood was spent in Denver, Colo. After serving in the U.S. Navy toward the end of World War II, he graduated from Dana College in Blair, Neb. with a degree in mathematics. In December 1949, he married Ardis A. Gramps of New York in Blair, Neb.
They moved to Denver, Colo., where he taught mathematics and science in junior high and coached sports. He was employed by the government as a mathematician ??? Ground in Las Cruces, N.M.
Following graduate study at the University of Washington at Seattle in physics, he worked at Boeing Aircraft there then in the General Electric’s Advanced Electronics Division in Ithaca, N.Y. He later took courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Los Angeles, U. C. Santa Cruz and the University of Denver.
He began his career in the electronics industry, with an emphasis on electro-optical and video-based equipment and systems, as a design engineer. He progressed to systems engineering and project management, followed by management at Armour Research Chicago, Optics Technology Dalmo Victor, and Commercial Electronics In., Sylvania GTE. He founded his own company, Quantex Corporation in the San Francisco Bay area. He founded Paultek Systems in Nevada City in 1995.
He addressed many technical meetings and served on seminar facilities worldwide. He published numerous articles in handbooks, symposia, trade and professional journals. As an experienced instrument-rated private pilot, he was a ?? Agency on developing a blind landing system. He was a member of the Lutheran and Episcopal churches and choirs, alumni groups, Society of Photo Imaging and Engineers, Optical Society of America, Institute of Radio Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Infra-Red Information Symposium.
He is survived by his wife, Ardis Mengers of Nevada City; daughters and sons-in-law Candace and Richard Robinson of South Lake Tahoe, Pamela and Tim Hodges of Grass Valley and Kathryn and Carl Vast of Healdsburg; brothers the Rev. Gerhardt Mengers of Ohio and Gunnar Mengers of New Jersey; sister, Carol Mengers Johnson of Chicago; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Young Musicians Scholarship Fund, Twin Cities Concert Association, P.O. Box 205, Nevada City 95959, or the Physics Department at Dana College, Blair, Neb. 68008.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Grass Valley.