Steven Istvan Choti, 92, died on December 28, 2011, after a lengthy battle from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Oregcserto, Hungary on August 30, 1919, he was the son of Antal and Erzsebet (Torok) Csoti. While a university student in Budapest during the Hungarian occupation in World War II, he was interned in a labor camp in Dresden, Germany and he survived the bombing of Dresden. He eventually escaped and became a refugee in Germany after the war, completing his graduate studies at the Technical University of Munich. He immigrated first to Montreal Canada, eventually settling in Southern California in 1954 with his first wife, Olga (Jivotovsky) Choti. He enjoyed a long career as a mechanical engineer, including 38 years with the Ralph M. Parsons Corp. in Pasadena, California. His profession took him to various world assignments, including Algeria, Greece and Germany where he met his second wife Anne.