Max was among the 400 students present when Queens College first opened its doors in 1937. After graduating with a degree in physics, Max went to work for the United States Army on the Manhattan Project, conducting nuclear research in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Building on their experiences as inventors of power equipment during the war, Max and his three brothers started Kepco, Inc. This internationally known company has been a mainstay of the Flushing business community ever since 1946.
Max was deeply devoted to the people of Queens, generously donating his time and resources to Flushing Hospital and Medical Center, the YMCA, the Queens Botanical Garden Society, Queens County Savings Bank, New York Community Bancorp, and many other organizations.
The Queens College family has long been aware of Max’s many achievements and generosity. He was a dynamic presence on campus, serving for many years as president of the Colden Center Board and as co-chair of the Development Committee of the Kupferberg Center. His family’s transformational gift was instrumental in revitalizing the arts at Queens College, making the campus the cultural epicenter of Queens.
Max received an honorary degree from Queens College and was named our Alumnus of the Year. He was also the recipient of our Q Award, which goes to those special people we would most like our students to emulate, people who embody our college’s motto, Discimus ut serviamus: We Learn So that We May Serve. In 2006, in appreciation for his generosity and exemplary service to the college, Colden Center was renamed the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Max’s wife, Selma, predeceased him. He is survived by a daughter, Rhoda, and a son, Saul, who serves on the Queens College Foundation Board and chairs the Kupferberg Center for the Arts Advisory Board. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 6, at 11 AM at Sinai Chapels, 162-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his beloved family. Max’s passion for education and the arts remains an enduring inspiration to his Queens College community.