About Kevin and Carl
The Cash Memorial Fund was established in memorial to and in honor of two very special people. Although they fought different battles, they fought their battles with dignity, grace and determination. Here’s a little bit about Kevin and Carl Cash.
Kevin B. Cash (1955 - 2006)
Kevin Cash was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Carl G. Cash and Mary E. Cash. He was a graduate of Acton-Boxborough High School, Cornell University and Northeastern University.
Kevin was a senior principal and member of the Board of Directors at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., a notable engineering firm in Waltham, Massachusetts. He led the firms Historic Preservation Services Group. During his career, he led several major restoration projects on renowned buildings across the United States, including the Old Chicago Post Office, the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, Milwaukee City Hall, Bowdoin College Chapel Towers in Brunswick, Maine, and the New York State Capital building in Albany, New York. Through his work, lectures, publications and contributions to the engineering community, Kevin established a national reputation as an expert in diagnosing, investigating and repairing challenging problems with building envelope and roofing systems.
Kevin was also a loving father and husband. He passed survived by his wife, Ellen (Collier) Cash, and his two young daughters, Emily M. Cash and Beth M. Cash. He was active in his adopted home town of Sherborn, Massachusetts, where he was a member of various building committees, including the Pine Hill School and the police station.
Kevin loved his family and loved his career. But he also loved basketball. As a young man, when he grew to an impressive 6’8” tall as a high school junior, he became hooked on basketball. Nicknamed “mountain”, Kevin continued his basketball career as a center for Cornell University. After college, he gave his gift back to the community as a youth basketball coach in the town of Sherborn.
Kevin was a gentle soul and a giving man. When he was diagnosed with colon cancer at 48 years old, Kevin took the news with characteristic stoicism. He took each day as it came, and truly lived by his new motto: “it is what it is”. His battle lasted four years.
Carl G. Cash (1929 – 2007)
Carl G. Cash was Kevin Cash’s father, mentor, friend and colleague. On the day of Kevin’s death, Carl was diagnosed with a rare form of bile duct cancer in his liver. Yet despite his son’s death, Carl fought back against his cancer until the end. His strength, commitment and determination remain an example to us all. He passed away a few short months after Kevin. Carl was born in 1929. He was a graduate of Wagner College and Farleigh Dickenson University.
Carl was also a senior principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. He was an icon in the engineering industry and successfully completed thousands of projects around the world, many of them involving roofing system technology. He held two patents on roofing systems and was a member and Chairman of several industry committees and associations, including ASTM (D08) on roofing and the International Council on Research Studies and Documentation Committee (Building Pathology). He also won numerous industry awards including the prestigious Voss Award and the Cullen Award at ASTM. He was the author of over 87 publications, including a book on roofing failures. Carl’s contributions to his work were so valued that ASTM instated a new award after his death – The Carl Cash Award.
Carl was also the beloved husband of Liz Cash for over fifty years. Together they raised three children and by example taught them the value of hard work, kindness, honor and perseverance.