Joseph J. Kaufman
Joseph "Jerry" Kaufman, age 85, passed away on April 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Harriet, his sister Elaine Lubert, daughters Debbie Ramseyer, Marcie Sebastinas, her husband John, Stacy Gregoire, her husband, Paul, and grandchildren, Kari and Noah Wexler, Jason Sebastinas, Alec Gregoire, Scott Gregoire, and Andrew Berger. Jerry was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Academy of Aeronautics. Formerly a Corporate Director of Value Engineering for Cooper Industries, Jerry started his own highly successful Value Management consulting firm in 1982. Internationally recognized and honored in his field, he was a past president and a certified Value Specialist Board Chairman of the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE). In 1994, he was presented the Lawrence D. Miles Award, the highest SAVE achievement for his many contributions to the field of Value Management. Jerry wrote three textbooks and contributed a section on Value Engineering to the Encyclopedia of Management. He contributed numerous articles for Japanese, European and U.S. publications on advanced Value Management concepts. Over the years and throughout his career, Jerry made lifelong friends out of the colleagues he worked with from Japan and all over the world. Jerry was very creative and loved the arts. He enjoyed acting and directing for the theater in the Jewish Community Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jerry always had a green thumb and after retirement, he loved making bird houses and painting. There will be a graveside service on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00pm at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home and Cemetery. The address is 18000 Interstate 45 North, The Woodlands, Texas 77384.