Donald D Kummerfeld

Born: Mon., Jun. 11, 1934
Died: Thu., Jul. 5, 2012

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Donald D. Kummerfeld, of Jersey City, NJ, suddenly passed away on July 5, 2012 at the Jersey City Medical Center.  He was 78 years old.  Don was born in Gilroy, California on June 11, 1934 to Theodore and Edith (nee: Bowman) Kummerfeld.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth "Beth" Kummerfeld, cherished daughter Tia, and loving grandson Alexander.  Donald held a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Stanford University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.  After a fellowship at the London School of Economics, London, England, he went to work in Washington, DC as a budget official in the Executive Office of the President of the United States under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.  From 1968 to 1969, he was the staff director at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research group.  In 1969 he co-founded the Government Research Company, which then published The National Journal, a nonpartisan magazine on politics and policy.  From 1971 to 1975 he worked for the First Boston Corporation in public finance, consulting with states and cities on bond borrowing.  In January of 1976 Donald went to work at New York City Hall under Mayor Abraham D. Beame, subsequently becoming First Deputy Mayor of New York City.  Following that, he was appointed to the New York State Emergency Financial Control Board by Governor Hugh L. Carey, where he oversaw New York City's financial operations.  Donald then went to work for Rupert Murdoch's American holding company as President and CEO and for two trade groups, the Magazine Publishers of America and the International Federation of the Periodical Press.  He has also advised New York mayors and other elected officials on fiscal issues.  In accordance with Donald's final wishes, private cremation will be held at the Rosehill Crematory, Linden, NJ.  A memorial service to honor Donald will be held at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Introcaso-Angelo Funeral Home, 143 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ.

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Margaret Briggs Brooks
   Posted Tue July 31, 2012
Dearest Beth,

I was so happy to see you tonight and so pleased that it made you feel
comforted and at peace. You have my deepest sympathy
and condolences. The Holy Spirit will watch over Don with all of God's angels. Don is and always will be with us in spirit. He's in our minds
and hearts for Love is eternal. I love you Beth and your in my prayers each and every day.
God Bless Don, you, your daughter and grandson. Love You With All
My Heart ! Prayers for all. Margaret Briggs Brooks

Geri Hauenstein-Oliver
   Posted Wed December 05, 2012
Dearest Beth. This is to express my heartfelt sympathy to you and Tia. It is only today that I discovered on the net that Don passed away. You and Don and Tia are always in my fondest memories. Very fondly ... Geri

Toni Kummerfeld Blake
   Posted Mon July 29, 2013
Wanted to extend my condolences. My father Gary is a 1st cousin with Don and has fond memories of him growing up and always managed to stay in touch through the years. I was a child the last time I saw Don at a family reunion though we spoke on the phone when I was briefly in NYC and he invited my husband and I to lunch. I wish our schedule would have allowed it. We knew of his passing immediately but I only now saw this site. May you and Tia find comfort in your memories with him. Many blessings.

Donald Lief
   Posted Sat November 23, 2013
Dear Beth, It was a terrible shock to learn of Don's death only a few weeks ago. Through the years, I've said many times to friends and colleagues that Don was the finest, most talented and straightforward person that I ever worked with. Professionally, he taught me so much, and corrected my limitations and flaws constructively. Beyond the work environment, however, his dedication to you and Tia was constantly displayed. I'm so happy that you were able to enjoy each other for over forty years.

If there were one word to describe Don (of course, that's impossible) I would think of him as stalwart--courageous, competent, thoughtful and caring for friends and family.

You have no idea how much I miss him.


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