Ken­neth M. King, headed ar­chi­tec­tural-engineering firm

The Buffalo News - - OBITUARIES - Sept. 16, 1926 – April 6, 2019 By Dale An­der­son N E WS STA F F R EPORT ER

Ken­neth M. King, a pro­fes­sional engineer and re­tired pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the ar­chi­tec­tural and engineering firm Traut­man King Mark­wart Associates, died April 6 in Hospice Buf­falo, Cheek­towaga. He was 92.

Born in Buf­falo, he was a 1944 grad­u­ate of Ham­burg High School, where he was a mem­ber of the foot­ball and track teams. He earned a de­gree in elec­tri­cal engineering from Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity and was a mem­ber of Delta Tau Delta fra­ter­nity. He later com­pleted a mas­ter’s de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity at Buf­falo.

Mr. King be­gan his ca­reer as an elec­tri­cal engineer with Rit­tling Corp. and branched into other areas of engineering. He be­came a part­ner in what was then Wil­liam Traut­man Associates in 1969. He re­tired in the early 1990s.

He was a past pres­i­dent of the Erie County Pro­fes­sional Engineering Society. The Erie-Ni­a­gara Chap­ter of the state Society of Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neers named him Engineer of the Year in 1990.

Af­ter he and Bev­erly Wright, a reg­is­tered nurse, were mar­ried in 1955, Mr. King de­signed and built a home in the Bos­ton Hills. He and his wife were char­ter mem­bers of the Bos­ton Emer­gency Squad, the first vol­un­teer co-ed am­bu­lance squad in the state. He served as pres­i­dent of the squad and was ap­pointed to the Bos­ton Town Plan­ning Board.

A sail­ing en­thu­si­ast, he was a mem­ber of the Buf­falo Yacht Club. He be­gan ski­ing as a teen and con­tin­ued into his 80s. He was a long­time mem­ber of the ski pa­trol at the for­mer Glen­wood Acres Ski Club. He also played ten­nis and vol­ley­ball.

He and his wife were world travelers and he recorded their trips in an­no­tated photo al­bums. Since the 1980s, they also gath­ered friends and fam­ily for ski­ing and horse­back riding va­ca­tions at their time­share in Stowe, Vt.

Mr. King, whose mother was a con­cert vi­o­lin­ist, played five in­stru­ments and was a trom­bon­ist in the Ham­burg March­ing Band. He taught him­self the clar­inet at age 65.

He also sang in the choir at Faith United Church in Bos­ton, with the Friends of Har­mony cho­rus and as a tenor in sev­eral bar­ber­shop quar­tets.

In re­tire­ment, he and his wife lived for about 20 years in Buf­falo’s Elm­wood Vil­lage. Af­ter mov­ing to the Wein­berg Cam­pus in Get­zville a few years ago, he sang with the Wein­berg War­blers.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, survivors in­clude two daugh­ters, Mau­reen Cal­lanan and Lau­rel Lester; a son, Brian; six grand­chil­dren; and a great-grand­daugh­ter.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Satur­day in the Buf­falo Yacht Club, 1 Porter Ave.

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