Klaus V. Luehning


Klaus V. Luehning was born in Zoppot, Free State of Danzig, 5 February 1940. He went through World War ll in Hoechst outside of Frankfurt, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1947. A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, then The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering, a Federal License as a Merchant Marine Officer and commission in the United States Navy. He sailed on 14 different ships in various capacities and became First Assistant Engineer, Chief Training Officer and Associate Professor of Marine Engineering at Texas A&M University, and also earned a Master of Science degree. He rose to the position of International Sales & Engineering Specialist for Ingersoll-Rand Company for specialized compression systems in the nuclear, and chemical process industries. Retired from engineering in 1979, he pursued a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, and had an opportunity to pursue a life long passion becoming an Executive Chef and Certified International Foodservice Executive, and managed and operated a succession of gourmet restaurants. Returning to Counseling he was Senior Clinical Counselor for the Delaware Dept. of Corrections, and moved to Chattanooga, TN where he practiced as Senior Clinical Counselor for Addiction at CADAS in Chattanooga, TN, and continues part time Addiction Counseling work in retirement.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?In the ebb and flow of your life, is it possible that one episode in your story can serve a symbolic, “That’s what I believe describes my life.” ?
On the first cruise of the Texas Maritime Academy for Cadet training, near Greenland, we found ourselves adrift—without power—on this 432 foot training ship. It was July, iceberg season, and after 36 hours of diligent searching, had no reason why the engines wouldn’t work. How to get the engines and ship controlling its course? I was First Assistant Engineer, and I regrouped my thoughts; all other engineering staff were fatigued and had given up. And then it came to me, a possible solution. Within two hours engines were running, and we were back underway. The ship was now under control. By circumstance, or by selection by others to find a way out of a problem, seems to be a recurring and defining pathway in my life: on the spot learning as you go.
It might be said that a man tries to make the world fit into his vision; and not the other way around, the world makes the man. How does this apply to you?
Born in 1940, making it out of Danzig and war torn Germany, then immigration to Brooklyn, N.Y. in America in 1947, it became clear that decision making for me was going to happen pretty quickly and often: choosing alternatives and then acting in self-preservation and my own self interest. It was also clear that any decision I had to make was mine, and the circumstances needed to be understood more than adequately, and that I had to act knowingly and accept consequences. I have been accused of going through life diagonally.
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Where to find Klaus V. Luehning online


Unexpected Odyssey: Danzig to Tennessee
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 246,430. Language: American English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography
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A memoir of a European immigrant, surviving WW ll and growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Graduated the Merchant Marine Academy, spent life on 14 ships and was the first member of Texas Maritime Academy faculty as Associate Professor, into business as an Engineering Sales Specialist. Retired and then to graduate school, a career as an Executive Chef and finally to Tennessee as an addiction counselor.

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