Jerry Kieffer died March 22, 2017 at home surrounded by family and others who loved him. Born May 5, 1923, raised in Minneapolis, MN, he was the beloved husband (68 years) of Fran; father of Edith, Charles (Meg) and Philip (Claudia); grandfather of Aaron, Daniel, Alisa and Erika; great-grandfather of Caleb and Raymond.
After WWII Pacific service, he graduated from University of Minnesota (BA, PhD). His lifetime of public service included Executive Director, National Cultural Center (Kennedy Center) and positions in the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations, including Asst. Admin. AID and Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration. During his time in USAID in the early 1970s, he was Director of the Office of International Training and then Assistant Administrator for Population and Humanitarian Assistance. He also served as Board Chair, Senior Employment Resources, President, Fairfax Alliance for Human Services, and Board member of the Fairfax Symphony.
He loved telling stories and wrote books and articles on government organization, productive aging and public transportation. He and Fran shared their love of family, friends, community, music, reading and nature.