Marcia Asquith Kaufman, died Friday, March 17, of breast cancer at the Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland. She was a resident of Boston’s South End and Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. She leaves her husband Matthew R. Kaufman, MD, her children Emily Kaufman, Sara Kaufman and Daniel Tyre-Karp of New York, her parents Lawrence and Gloria Asquith of Chestnut Hill, and her siblings Joan and Scott Shrier of Newtonville. She is the daughter in law of Betty and the late Fred Kaufman of Salem and formerly of Marblehead. She also leaves her sisters-in-law Susan Gorban and Amy Kaufman along with nieces and nephews.
Marcia was born in Newton and lived there until 2004. She graduated from Newton South High School and Connecticut College. She received her M.B.A from Boston University School of Management. In her early career, she worked at New England Mutual Life, Parker Hannifin, and Data Resources as an econometrician in their planning departments.
Subsequently, while raising her daughters, she served in multiple volunteer capacities in the Newton School System and at Temple Shalom in Newton. She returned to work at Strategy Analytics, and then served as partner and COO of Hurwitz Associates. There, she teamed with Judith Hurwitz to provide consultative services to many large IT companies including IBM, VMWare, Hewlett-Packard, and SAP. They co-authored six full length For Dummies books about Information Technology including Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies, Big Data for Dummies and Cloud Computing for Dummies. They also co-authored a trade book entitled Cognitive Computing.
Throughout her severe illness, she approached each day with a positive attitude, unbelievable strength, courage, and determination to live each day to the fullest. Supported by her loving family and friends, she was thrilled to escort her daughter, Sara, down the aisle at her wedding in June.
The funeral will take place at Temple Shalom, 175 Temple Street, Newton on Wednesday, March 22 at 1pm. Burial to follow at Or Emet Cemetery, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury. Following the burial, the family will hold Shiva at 77 Florence Street, Chestnut Hill. Shiva will continue at her late residence at 505 Tremont Street, Boston, on Thursday from 5 to 7pm, Friday 2 to 4pm and Sunday 2 to 5pm.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Development Office, 1575 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138, Friends’ Place at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., #1, Boston, MA 02215, or Connecticut College, Development Office, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320.