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Karl Kondolf Bechtold (July 9, 1910 – June 13, 1970) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life[edit | edit source]

He was born on July 9, 1910, in Rochester, New York, the son of Charles B. Bechtold and Kate (Kondolf) Bechtold. He attended Choate School.[1] He graduated B.A. from Yale University in 1933, and LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1937.

Bechtold was a member of the New York State Senate (46th D.) from 1939 to 1942, sitting in the 162nd and 163rd New York State Legislatures. On August 29, 1942, he married Catherine (Haight) Fowler (died 1964), daughter of Justice Thomas Griffith Haight (1879–1942),[2] and they had two daughters, Karyl Bechtold and Susan Bechtold. Susan died as an infant, Karyl has two children, Timothy Karl and Catharine Ann and 7 grandchildren.

In 1942, Bechtold joined the U.S. Navy and eventually became a lieutenant commander.

He died on June 13, 1970, at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine;[3] and was buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Rochester.[4]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. New York Red Book (1939; pg. 107)
  2. Princeton Alumni Weekly (1942, Vol. 43, October 9, 1942, pg. 10)
  3. KARL K. BECHTOLD in the New York Times on July 14, 1970 (subscription required)
  4. Riverside Cemetery transcriptions at Monroe County New York Genealogy
Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
George F. Rogers
New York State Senate
46th District

1939–1942
Succeeded by
Allen J. Oliver

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