Dr. Armand V. Feigenbaum
Born on April 6,1920 in New York City
Died on November 13,2014 in Pittsfield, Ma.
Son of S. Frederick and Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum
Attended local Pittsfield schools, graduated from Union College
Received a Masters Degree and a PHD from MIT
In 1951 Armand wrote his first book called Total Quality Control. Several editions have been published in more than twenty languages and were used throughout the business world.
Armand established the principles ofTotal Quality Management “TQM”, the approach to quality and profitability that influenced management strategy and productivity in the competition for world
Dr. Donald S. Feigenbaum (Armand’s brother)
Born on August 25, 1925 in Pittsfield, Ma.
Died on March 5,2013 in Pittsfield.
Attended local Pittsfield schools, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College in 1946,
Served in the Navy
The brothers established the Feigenbaum Foundation in 1988. Around 2013 the Foundation pledged
$5,000,000 to MCLA , $5,000,000 to the Colonial Theatre and $11,000,000 to Union College.
They established the Hall of Innovation at the Berkshire Museum, provided scholarships for science and technology to local high school seniors and endowed the Annual Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Lecture Series.
The Lectures goals are to bring programs of outstanding social, political and cultural significance to the Berkshires.
Both received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Union College, the University of Massachusetts and the Mass College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).
Armand Feigenbaum over the years accumulated many well deserved honors.
The Armand V. Feigenbaum Lifetime Achievement Medal was established by the Asia Pacific Quality Organization.
He was appointed to the first board of overseers of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Program in Paris and was awarded the Medaille G. Borel by France.
Armand was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.
Received the National Institute for Engineering Management and Systems Distinguished Service Award and the Edwards Medal of the American Society for Quality. Served two years as President of the American
Society for Quality and was Chairman for one year.
Was the founding Chairman of the Board of the International Academy for Quality.
Armand was past Chairman of the Board of the Council for International Progress in Management.
He was also a member of the Advisory Group of the U.S. Army and serviced twice as general chairman.
Armand was awarded the National Security Industrial Association Award of Merit for “true leadership in the defense of the Nation”.
Received the Founders Medal by Union College for his distinguished career in management and engineering.
Was the First recipient of the Lancaster Award of the American Society for Quality.
In 1993 was awarded the Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science and later that year was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Quality & Productivity Management Association.
Armand was the first recipient of the Ishikawa/Harrington Medal by the Asia Pacific Quality Organization.
In 1997, the Quebec Society for Quality established the Feigenbaum Medal, which was named after Armand Feigenbaum.
In 1998 was designated Honorary Member of Fundacion Empresaria Para La Calidad Y La Excelencia
In 1998 the American Society for Quality established the Feigenbaum Medal.
In 2006 Armand was awarded the Six Sigma Grand Master Medal by the Walter L. Hurd Foundation.
In 1992 the Governor of Massachusetts established the Armand V. Feigenbaum Massachusetts Quality Award.
In 2005 The Feigenbaum Leadership Excellence Award was established in Dubai United Arab Emirates.
Armand received the National Medal ofTechnology and Innovation, which is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement from President George W. Bush.
Both brothers had an unwavering belief in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. They continue to this day to support our Community through the Feigenbaum Foundation.