Dr. L.V. "Joe" Scifers

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Dr. L.V. "Joe" Scifers, entrepreneur, writer, financial manager, aerospace executive, senior U.S. national security official and retired Air Force officer, passed on November 27 at home in Santa Barbara. He was 73.

Dr. Joe Scifers graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland in 1962, with a major in mathematics. He held graduate engineering degrees from Stanford and Columbia Universities.

In 1970, Joe earned a PhD from the Harvard Business School for his studies in technology innovation and organization behavior. While at Harvard, he was active in student affairs and represented his class as a student member of the faculty association. His dissertation dealt with the management of diversity within organizations.

He spent four years at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California, where he was a member of the Economics Department. Dr. Scifers' research covered a spectrum of national security issues. While at Rand, he was also enrolled in the Rand Graduate School, from which he earned a PhD in policy analysis in 1977.

Dr. Scifers active duty Air Force assignments included the Pentagon, Space Systems Division, and Air Force Special Projects. He retired from the Air Force in 1978 with the rank of Major.

Dr. Scifers joined the Resource Management Staff of the office of the Director of Central Intelligence in 1980 where he served as a resource management analyst.

In 1983, Dr. Scifers joined General Research Corporation in Santa Barbara, California, where he was Director of Space Technology Operations.

In 1985, he co-founded Thomas/Scifers Inc. (TSI), a high technology space system and software development corporation based in Manhattan Beach, California.

In October, 1991 Dr. Scifers joined the White House National Space Council where he served as the Senior Director for National Security Space Policy.

Since 1984 Dr. Joe Scifers lived in Santa Barbara where he was a highly respected financial manager, operating the Montecito Fund for a diverse client base for over ten years.

Dr. Joe Scifers has been a member of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club for over fifteen years. Joe's relentless commitment to his community will always be remembered.

Dr. Joe Scifers is survived by his brother Charles Scifers of Fresno, California and his longtime companion, Gloria Montano of Santa Barbara and his beloved best friend of 40 years Mark Albrecht. Dr. Scifers was preceded by his wife Ms. Sally Carhart of Boston, Massachucetts. Sally and Joe were married on New Year's Eve in 1965 (Tom Carhart was the best man) Sally died in 1978 in a car acccident.

Funeral services will include Military Honors and will be held on December 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito.

We would like to thank Hospice and especially Elisabeth Swede, RN for their loving care and support.

We would like to thank our prayer friends John Mullen and Pastor Jim Stretchberry.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11, 2013
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