Published in Eugene Register-Guard on June 23, 2013
1922 - 2013
Funeral services for Karl G. Sorg, 90, of Springfield, will be held Saturday, June 29 at St.
Mary's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Bingham Powell officiating. Remains will be
interred in the columbarium at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC following a
Karl died June 17, 2013 at his residence in Springfield after a brief illness.
He was born September 12, 1922 to Carl A. and Ella M. (Gery) Sorg in Reading,
Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1940 from Western High School in Washington, DC. He
entered Dartmouth College, where his studies were interrupted by service in the U.S.
Army (1942-1946). He graduated with the class of 1944. He completed law school at
Georgetown University in 1949, and opened his law practice in Arlington, Virginia, where
he practiced from 1949 through 1975. He taught law at the Northern Illinois University
College of Law and Lewis University College of Law in Illinois from 1975 to 1982. He
returned to Washington, DC, retiring to Eugene in 1992.
Karl was active in politics, running for state and national office in the 1990's as a member
of the Socialist Party, as well as participating in efforts promoting affordable housing,
universal healthcare, and social justice.
His faith was always important to him, and over the years he served St. Mary's Episcopal
Church in Arlington, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. and St. Mary's
Episcopal Church in Eugene in many capacities, serving on the vestry, as lay reader and
acolyte, and in efforts to feed the homeless.
Karl is survived by children Karen (John) Schlenker of Minnesota; Gery (Debbie) Sorg of
Eugene; Linda Woodward of Washington; and Nick Sorg of Colorado; grandchildren
Kate and Noah (Christine) Schlenker, Andrew and Tim (Tori) Sorg, and Dan and Ginger
Woodward; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are by Musgrove Mortuary.