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SAE International Remembers Former Leader, Friend

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 26, 2006 -

Joseph Gilbert, former Executive Vice President of SAE International (1960-1985), died Monday, Jan. 16 at age 85.

Gilbert’s career at SAE International spanned 40 years.  He joined the staff in February 1946, immediately following World War II.  He served as Technical Editor and then Managing Editor of The SAE Journal (which is now Automotive Engineering International magazine).  In 1956, Gilbert was named Manager of the Technical Committee Division and was in charge of all staff operations related to the Cooperative Engineering Program.  He was later appointed Assistant General Manager before he was elected to the General Manager post by the SAE Board of Directors in 1960.  He led SAE International in this position for 25 years before retiring in 1985.  He was one of only five chief staff officers in SAE International’s 100-year history.

“Joe Gilbert was an amazing leader, husband, father and grandfather; quite simply, an amazing human being,” Raymond A. Morris, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of SAE International, said.  “Many of us miss Joe terribly, but we all can be content in knowing that he is not gone.  His legacy and impact on the automotive industry will live on as long as SAE is around to advance mobility engineering worldwide.”

Among his several accomplishments at SAE International, Gilbert is most remembered for leading the relocation of the SAE World Headquarters from New York City to Warrendale, Pa. in 1974.