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Memorial Tributes, Volume 14
gifts he received from the prior generation. True to his nature, in 1997 he joined UCLA as an adjunct professor. He designed a course he titled “The Art of Engineering Endeavors,” which covered the essence of engineering design, along with moral, ethical, and environmental aspects of engineering design and management. He emphasized that engineering was a social endeavor and that great engineering accomplishments were the direct results of collaboration—thus was Joe’s dedication.
Joe was also a great family man and a philanthropic contributor to his community. From his youth on, he was an accomplished violinist, for the last few years playing with the Pacific Palisades Symphony Orchestra as the concert master. Love also prevailed, as he remained married to his first love, Judy, whom he had met at UCLA. Joe and Judy raised three children, Elizabeth, Mona, and David, who in turn are raising five grandchildren. Elizabeth is a successful architect, Mona is a doctor of veterinary medicine, and David is an attorney. All three live in the San Francisco Bay area, while Judy lives in Tarzana, California. In addition, Joe is survived by his mother, Ida Major, and three siblings.
In June 2007 Joe called and enlisted me to sponsor him on an ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) bike-a-thon. About two weeks later, on July 5, 2007, he took his bike on the road to get in shape for a 100-mile ride. Tragically, he was struck by an automobile and was killed instantly.
Joe certainly lived a good, full life—a life of visionary leadership and service to society. He made very significant contributions to national programs and laid the research foundations for commercial applications, and he deserves our admiration. Perhaps it was Professor Yuster who had a major impact on him, but Joe, in turn, had an equal impact on others around him. Many of us who knew him well will remember him as a gentle giant—as an engineer, a leader, a musician, and a dear friend.