William Martin Koenig, 89, Masonic Grand Master

May 17, 2004

William Martin Koenig, an engineer who was the former Grand Master of the Maryland Masonic order, died May 10 of complications of vascular disease and stroke at his Parkville home. He was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Groveland Avenue, he was a 1931 Forest Park High School graduate. He earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1935.

For several years, he was a civil engineer with the firm of Kupitz and Koenig in downtown Baltimore. He joined the Navy's engineering corps and directed construction of an air base in Bermuda and at Williamsburg, Va., during World War II. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

In 1954, he helped organize Atlas Contractors of Maryland on East Cold Spring Lane. He was involved with commercial construction. He retired in 1974.

In 1940, he joined the Baltimore Lodge 210 of the Masons and became its master in 1953. He held numerous Masonic titles and was enrolled as the Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32nd Degree of the Chesapeake Division of the Scottish Rite in 1970.

In 1978, he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.

He was a member at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Timonium, where he was senior warden and a vestryman. He helped design and build its Pot Spring Road church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Charlotte A. Gerbig; a son, William M. Koenig Jr. of Kingsville; and two grandsons.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Grand Lodge of Maryland, 304 International Drive, Hunt Valley.

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