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1: Jeffrey Kolb, 48, a dedicated husband and devoted father, suddenly passed away of a heart attack on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 in his residing town of Clifton Park, New York. Jeff leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 15 years, Christy, and their two wonderful children Sydney, 9, and Will, 8 who will deeply miss him. Jeff was born September 26, 1962 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and was the son of Anita Kolb and Gerald Fritz Kolb, Sr. He is survived by his mother Anita Kolb; his aunt Donna Biggers; his brother Gerald Fritz Kolb, Jr. “Bud” and his wife Gillie; and many nieces, nephews and cousins from his home town of Wilmington, North Carolina. Jeff was predeceased by his father and sister, Lauri Kolb Dodson. Jeff’s commitment to family was the foundation of his life. When he met Christy in 1991, he knew they would spend their lives together. They married in 1995 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and started their family. Jeff’s devotion to his children was evident not just on the sidelines of his children’s sporting events each weekend, but also in the way he spoke of them to colleagues and friends. Jeff was the Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration’s New York Division Office in Albany. Jeff knew he wanted to be an engineer since he was a boy. He received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in 1986, and a master’s degree from Florida State University in 1992 – both in civil engineering. He was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. He had a long and successful career with the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Jeff joined FHWA in 1986 as an Engineer Trainee and served in a variety of positions of increasing scope and responsibility including: Transportation Engineer, ITS Engineer, District Engineer, Chief of District Operations, and Assistant Division Administrator. During Jeff’s tenure as the Assistant Division Administrator in Mississippi, his contributions to the recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina were considered extraordinary. He served the agency in Florida, Colorado, Utah, California, Mississippi, and New York. He became Division Administrator for the New York Division of FHWA in 2007 and led a staff of 50 engineers, environmentalists, planners, financial specialists, and others in administering New York’s $1.6 billion annual highway program. “This is a tremendous loss for the FHWA. Jeff was a highly valued member of the FHWA Leadership Team. He made numerous contributions to our agency and the nation’s transportation system. He will be greatly missed,” says Jeff Paniati, Executive Director of FHWA. Jeff’s fantastic sense of humor, intelligence, and thoughtful spirit made him a dear friend to many. He was a true gentleman. He loved his job, sports and spending time with friends. But his best reward after a day at the office was being home with Christy and the kids.

2: Like so many it still doesn’t seem real that we lost such a great guy. I adored working with Jeff and knowing Christie. Debra Tueller Sauers

3: He will be missed by so many. My heart hurts today because of him not being in this world and for his family. He was my mentor and my friend. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Carr Brown

5: Jeff in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina

6: Jeff’s passing is deeply felt, and he will be greatly missed. It is unbelievable for me to fathom the loss of someone so young. I am truly without words. He has been a colleague and friend to many of us in FHWA. Jeff had a long and successful career with the FHWA, beginning in 1982 and has contributed to our Agency from one end of the country to the other. His life made a difference to many. Joyce Curtis

7: A few things I have learned from Jeff Kolb: Jeff had an appealing Leadership style that was very effective. Strong, Calm, Smart, Disciplined. When questioning or engaging you, Jeff did not make you feel inferior. Jeff was present when there was disappointment and also recognized success. Jeff advised that being prepared will help deal with stress at meetings and with dealing with others. Do your homework and be prepared. Jeff starts his work day later so he can get his kids up and get them smiling to start their day. This is a good thing to do. Don’t be afraid to take a day off of work in the summer to take your kids to the Great Escape. | I learned this on a late August day when I saw him there with his kids on the water tube slide. I said. “Hey Jeff, I had to take a half a day off and get the kids up here before the summer ended.” Jeff said, “I had to take the whole day.” When going to a public meeting in Moriah, NY...don’t dress up...go incognito! Jeff recommended Mike Davies and I not to dress up to attend a public meeting for the Lake Champlain Bridge closure. I wore a tie and before I could take it off we were questioned (while inspecting the Ticonderoga Ferry) by a couple of rough and tough guys that where pissed off the Lake Champlain Bridge was closed. When we got back in the G car he told me to, ”take that damn tie off”. We had a good laugh. I will miss Jeff too. John Burns

14: Summer Picnic 2009

15: Tug-of-War


17: I took the news of Jeff's passing very hard because he touched my life, like I'm sure he did many others. On those occasions where I closely interacted with him, whether it was one-on-one discussion, or emotional intelligence training, or having him in our house for a poker game, or planning the HRMC meeting in Albany, or having International Potluck lunch at the same table, gave me an opportunity to get to know Jeff. Just last week I had a great one-on-one discussion with him. He was so personable, supportive and funny. I cannot believe he is gone. And yes, I cannot imagine what Christie is going through and how the kids are going to take the news about losing such a great father. Valeriya Remezova | Ice Cream Social | Christmas Party | International Day Potluck

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