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Carl Pilnick, Class of 1938

Carl Pilnick (December 24, 1923-March 7, 2013), born in New York City, died at home in Oakland after several years of declining health.

A chess prodigy in his teens, he won the 1971 American Open Championship and was awarded the status of Life Master by the United States Chess Federation.

Mr. Pilnick founded and served as president of Telecommunications Management Corp. of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Pilnick; his wife, Shirley-May Pilnick; and his sister, Floraine Medvin. He is survived by his daughters, Rosemary Balsley and Laura Pilnick; his granddaughter, Rachel Balsley; and his great-grandson, Miles Pape. He will be deeply missed as a loving and generous family man and remembered for his dry wit, direct speaking, and love of movies, politics, and good food.

Published in Inside Bay Area, April 9, 2013.