Electronic security and door hardware industry legend Arthur V. Geringer passed away September 5 at the age 93. Geringer pioneered the design and practical application of electricity-to-door openings for security and fire and life safety.

Art Geringer
Art Geringer

As the inventor of numerous electronic lock designs, he is credited with ushering in the modern era of access control hardware with his development of the 90-degree throw electric lock. Now commonly used, this creation opened the potential of electric locking capabilities and began the migration to electric locking systems.

Geringer received his certification as an architectural hardware consultant in 1952; was the recipient of the Door and Hardware Institute’s highest honor, the Founders’ Award; and the second-highest honor, the Distinguished Consultant award. He was actively involved in the door hardware business for more than 60 years. He continued to participate in and contribute to the profession until his passing, designing and developing new and innovative access and egress control products for Security Door Controls (SDC), the company he founded in 1972.

Geringer grew up in his father’s architectural hardware business in Chicago. A World War II Army veteran, he started in the 22nd Division of Combat Engineers. By war’s end, he held a position similar to Military Policeman, transporting war prisoners on trains to and from security facilities. Returning to civilian life in 1945, he settled in California where he was employed at a major Los Angeles contract hardware firm. Geringer eventually moved to an automatic door firm before venturing out on his own to start SDC.

Geringer was a member of the Door and Hardware Institute, the Builders’ Hardware Club of Southern California, Security Industry Association, Associated Locksmiths of America, the Construction Specification Institute and the Standards Board of the Builders’ Hardware Manufacturers’ Association.

He is survived by two sons, a daughter and 15 grandchildren and great grandchildren. A son, daughter and grandson oversee the daily operations of SDC today.

A funeral service was held today, followed by a reception at his home in California. Geringer’s wife, Mae, battled Alzheimer disease for many years. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a gift in his name is made to the Alzheimer’s Association on behalf of Mae at www.ALZ.org. Online condolences may be left at http://www.sdcsecurity.expert/people/art-geringer-in-memoriam/.