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Douglas M. Kauffman Douglas M. Kauffman, 87, of Winston-Salem, NC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Born on October 19, 1926, he was the son of the late Millard and Pearl Kauffman and was a native of Fayetteville, PA. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army and a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of Gettysburg College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1951. He made his career as an Aeronautical Engineer, working for several aircraft companies including Fairchild-Hiller, Hagerstown, MD; Cessna Aircraft, Wichita, KS; and Jepson-Burns, Winston-Salem, NC. After retiring, he served as a consultant for several aircraft companies. One of the greatest achievements of his career was the development of the flutter analysis equation for aircraft design, which was also applied to the St. Louis Arch design. He earned his pilot's license while employed at Cessna and flew mostly for pleasure. During both his military and professional careers, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Russia. His passions included the love of books and music. He was an avid golfer and was an advocate of nutritional health and physical fitness. He enjoyed walking and jogging. His immediate and large extended family were of great importance to him. His favorite vacation was returning to his hometown of Fayetteville, PA each summer for the Kauffman Family Reunion. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joyce Meadows Kauffman; 3 beloved children, Stephen Kauffman and wife Catherine of Marblehead, MA; Stephanie Stambaugh and husband David and Suzette Kauffman and her companion Rodney Gochenauer, all of Chambersburg, PA; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Glenn of Willard, MO; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are 4 stepchildren; 4 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 wives, M. Louise Slike Kauffman and Evalyn Reasley Kauffman; a sister, Elizabeth Kauffman Tolbert and a great-grandson. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11 am in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 44 E. Main St., Fayetteville, PA. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the , in Douglas' name. He fought a courageous battle against Alzheimer's Disease for 14 years.
Published in Public Opinion on July 10, 2014
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