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William Carl "Bill" Kaufman Jr.


1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
William "Bill" Carl Kaufman, Jr.

Dr. William "Bill" Carl Kaufman, Jr. (retired Lt. Col., USAF) was born in Appleton, Minnesota on January 21, 1923 and passed away quietly on March 26, 2014. He was an old-fashioned gentleman of character, well-respected by friends and colleagues.

Bill received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in Zoology and Chemistry; his Masters degree from the University of Illinois in Human Physiology and Biochemistry, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Physiology and Biophysics.

Bill's achievements span decades.

As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Bill was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and received his pilot's wings in 1944. During WWII he flew B-17s and served as Research and Development Officer and Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University.

Through the years, Bill also served as Adjunct Professor at New Mexico State University, Department of Biology and Professor of Human Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, where he was also awarded Professor Emeritus.

His major field of expertise included human response to environmental stress and the design and evaluation of protective and recreational clothing, especially for high-altitude flight.

Bill received honors from the National Institute of Health (NIH), a Senior Scientist Fellowship from the Medical Research Council in Hampstead, London, England. NASA, Eddie Bauer Company and Johnson Wax Associates also awarded him with research grants.

His publications include over 175 scientific journal articles, abstracts and technical reports covering human physiology and biochemistry including insulation of materials for aerospace applications.

A long-time resident of Woodinville and Bothell, Bill spent his retirement years reading, writing, attending concerts and weekly manuscript critique classes. He was a member of the Washington Ornithological Society, the American Physiological Society and many others. Bill was actively involved in the Monroe Swift Watch, a community group dedicated to saving the Vaux's Swift.

Bill's pride and joy was his sports car: a 1969 Lotus Elan. He purchased the car while doing research in England. It was shipped to the U.S. when Bill returned and he happily drove it for many years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Diann MacRae, sister, Gail Clark of Denver, son, William C. Kaufman, III of Kirkland (Kandi), daughter, Dr. Jane Kaufman Pennella of Milford, Connecticut (Andrew), granddaughter, Amanda Kaufman, and stepson, Christopher MacRae.

At Bill's request there will be no service. Remembrances may be sent to The Nature Conservancy.

Dr. Kaufman will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 20, 2014
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