Obituary - Ernst Grunewald

Ernst "Ernie" Grunewald passed away on 25 July 2014 at the age of 77.

By Claire Marchand

The IEC just learnt with sadness that Ernest Grunewald passed away last July. Grunewald served for 16 years as Convenor of SC (Subcommittee) 59A/WG 2*: Electric dishwashers/Dishwasher tests, retiring from this role in 2012. He created an enjoyable environment when he was leading or attending numerous SC 59A "performance of dishwashers" meetings, with his good mood, humor and friendship. In 2013, Ernst received the IEC 1906 Award, recognizing his contributions.

Ernst Grunewald with his 1906 Award
In 2013, Ernst Grunewald received the IEC 1906 Award

Grunewald was born in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) on 16 May 1937. He attended university in the Netherlands, graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He served as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and moved to the United States in 1960.

Starting in 1961, Ernst worked for KitchenAid/Hobart and Whirlpool, mostly with the dishwasher appliance. Although he formally retired in 1997, he continued to work in various roles until 2013. He enjoyed mentoring and spending time with his coworkers.

Ernst married his wife Peggy Jo in 1961. They have two daughters, Jovilin and Peggy.

Grunewald’s friendship and work will be forever appreciated by SC 59A and WG 2. He will be fondly remembered by all those who had the privilege to know him. The IEC deepest sympathies go out to his family and colleagues.

* now MT (Maintenance Team) 2

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Ernst Grunewald with his 1906 Award In 2013, Ernst Grunewald received the IEC 1906 Award