Joseph Kaufman
1930 - 2015
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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.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 17, 2015.
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April 30, 2015
Dear Harriet, We just heard of Jerry's passing and are so sad. You all were great neighbors and played such a role in orienting us to Houston. Jerry was so gracious in providing me transportation to Cooper before I was brave enough to make the drive in the "Big City". We have many fond memories of his intellect, advice, jokes and sincere friendship. Our sincere condolences and we will keep you in our prayers.

Ed and Donna Brewer
Ed and Donna Brewer
April 20, 2015
I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Yoshitoshi Nabe
April 19, 2015
When I had the information that Jerry had passed, I realizd the great loss for the VA/VE community.
Please find here a message of sincere condolenses and deep sympathy to his family, from an old French friend and from the French VM Society.
Claude Jouineau, Paris, France
April 17, 2015
Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Sending our love, prayers and deepest sympathy. Tom, Maureen and the Sebastinas family.
April 17, 2015
My sincere condolences to the bereaved family at this most difficult time. May you be comforted by reflecting on the many wonderful memories that you can cherish forever.
April 17, 2015
Dear Harriet,
I am so saddened to just hear of Jerry's passing. I feel I knew him through my conversations with you and Marcie over the many years of friendship we have shared. My sincere condolences, and many prayers of comfort for all. May he rest in Eternal Peace,

Love, Sara
Sara Henry
April 17, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Love the Hanko and Stys Family
April 17, 2015
Deepest sympathies to the entire Kaufman and Sebastinas families. You are in our thoughts and daily prayers.

The Hanko Family
The Hanko Familly
April 17, 2015
Dear Harriett, I offer my condolence wishes for the loss of your husband. I am deeply saddened by the news.
When Peter and I were in the States last October, we called Jerry to have dinner with you ...and now both of our husbands are gone.
Very sad regards
Heike Ried
April 17, 2015
Harriett, please accept our sincere condolenses on Jerry's passing away. He was my mentor and our good friend for long time. He will never be forgotten by any sigle one who loves VE.
We will be missng him forever.
Toshiaki & Masako Shishido
April 17, 2015
Honorary membership award presented at 2008 SJVE Conference
Dear Harriet-san,

We had heard of Jerry-san having being hospitalized over the past week, and many of his friends at SJVE sent messages of love and support to help him gain strengths and recover. Yesterday as we were informed of the passing of Jerry, SJVE executives and representative directors were very sad to learn of the untimely loss of your beloved husband. We are sorry that our voices could not reach his years enough to make it happen.

Many of SJVE founders have special feelings for Jerry-san and share a lot of fond memories since the introductory period of Value Engineering in Japan. SJVE was not able to be established and being in existence until today without mentorship and friendship of Jerry-san. In that sense, we are so proud of have him as one of the honorary members of SJVE.

Not only senior members but a lot of young value engineers in Japan were also impressed by and had great admiration for him because of his outstanding professionalism, gentleness and popularity among the value community. He will be missed by everyone who knows him.

Your pain must be very deep and only wish that we could be there with you. But for now, please accept our heartfelt condolences from miles away across the ocean.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
May his soul rest in peace.


Shiro Kondo, President
Ichiro Ueno, FSAVE, Founder
Hiroshi Tsuchiya, CVS, FSAVE
Yoshio Nakagami, CVS, FSAVE
Masayasu Tanaka, CVS, FSAVE
Akio Miyamoto, Director and Secretary General
Satoko Uesugi, Overseas Liaison
Society of Japanese Value Engineering
Society of Value Engineering
April 16, 2015
We are all deeply shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jerry Kaufman.
Since we heard that his condition was kept, we believed his recovery.
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time of loss.
Masaki Saito
April 16, 2015
We are all deeply shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Jerry Kaufman.
Since we heard that his condition was kept, we believed his recovery.
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time of loss.
Masaki Saito
April 16, 2015
Jerry was a good friend and a giant in the in the world of VA/VE. His contributions to the advancement of value methodology are legendary. He is truly irreplaceable as a member of the profession.
Dan Lea
April 16, 2015
SAVE Fellows Reception, 2005
Dear, sweet Harriett, you and your family have my sincere condolences on Jerry's passing. From the time I first met you both at the 1979 SAVE conference in Washington, DC, Jerry was a mentor to and resource for me in so many ways. He definitely made his mark in our VE world, and will be missed!
Ginger Adams
April 16, 2015
It was an honor to learn function analysis through Jerry's perspective. He will be truly missed by the value community. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Rahul Nagalkar
April 16, 2015
I'll miss Jerry attending the SAVE Conference and his postive attitude toward helping Value Engineering Professionals. As a pioneer to bring Function Analysis to a new level, Jerry and his colleague Jimmy Carter, were my inspiration to develop my own contemporaray function analysis modeling techniques. My wife and I will have fond memories of having Jerry and Harriet for dinner and joining them for dinner when we lived in Houston.
Bruce Lenzer
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