Werner Gumpertz, co-founder of NRCA member Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), passed away Dec. 1. He was 99.
Gumpertz, with Howard Simpson and Frank Heger, established SGH in 1956. He brought to SGH his interests in consulting
and teaching, dealing primarily with building materials, systems and construction. Gumpertz founded the firm's Building
Technology Group and led it from 1956 to 1993. He never retired and stayed active in the firm's business.
Gumpertz earned the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology. He also earned a bachelor's in civil engineering, master's in building engineering and construction, and
Advanced Professional Degree of Building Engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Among his many professional accomplishments, Gumpertz received the 1987 ASTM International Walter C. Voss Award for his
outstanding contribution to the advancement of building technology. He also won the 1968 Honor Award for Design in
Urban Transportation from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the 1986 Award of Merit from the
American Society of Testing and Materials for leadership, commitment and innovation in the promotion of engineering
standards for roofing materials and systems. In 2003, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section named Gumpertz an
Honorary Member for attaining acknowledged eminence in his field of endeavor.
Gumpertz is survived by his wife, Susan Connors; his children Richard Gumpertz and Ruth Moses; granddaughters Katie
Bell, Valerie Gokhfeld, Beckie Moses and Samantha Moses; son-in-law Joel Moses and daughter-in-law Karen Rowinsky; members
of the Gumpertz, Block, Connors, Lawless, Perrone and Suech families; and the many friends and colleagues who were
lucky to know him.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to BIDMC Cardiac MR Center, c/o Dr. Warren Manning, 330 Brookline Ave.,
Boston, MA 02115, or Stoneman Center for Research and Education in Quality improvement, c/o Dr. Mark Aronson, Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02115.