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Edward John KAUFMAN M.D. Obituary
Beloved Centenarian of Green Valley, Arizona formerly of Appleton, Minnesota, died on October 12, 2012 in St. Paul while visiting family. Born March 20, 1910, Appleton, MN. Preceded in death by adored wife of 71 years, Dorothybelle, sister Constance Kaufman Wesner and niece, Margot Wesner Persen. Attended Appleton Public Schools, Carleton College, and University of Minnesota Medical School, graduating in 1935. He met fellow classmate Dorothybelle McCree in medical school and they were married at Macalester Presbyterian Church in April, 1935. The couple interned in California and then settled in Appleton where Ed started practicing medicine with his uncle, Dr. William C. Kaufman. He continued to practice medicine until retiring in 1976 when he started a second career as President of Minnesota Farms Co. Dr. Ed once estimated that he had delivered 3,000 babies. A feature of his practice was house calls made by a variety of means, including horse and snow mobile. He made home deliveries, sat overnight with dying patients, tended farm and country traffic accidents, prescribed glasses, conducted school immunization programs, oversaw patients during the polio epidemics of the 1940's and 50's and consoled families and the community through life's travails. In addition to professional pursuits, Dr. Ed served as president of the school board, was active in the Appleton Businessmen's Association, and honorary chair of the Project Health Care Campaign. He lobbied successfully for the establishment of a public television station in Appleton and presided over its board. He was instrumental in securing federal Hill-Burton funds to build a new hospital, the current Appleton Municipal Hospital. He was a 75-year member of the Masonic fraternity, a member of the Zuhrah Shrine Temple in Minneapolis and a member of the University of Minnesota President's Club. Strong proponents of education, Drs. Ed and Dorothybelle established scholarships at the University of MN, Morris, in honor of their parents. These funds have provided scholarships for more than 100 students. Dr. Ed had many outside interests including hunting; fishing; volunteering at an elementary school teaching ham radio; computers; Skyping with grand- and great-grandchildren; gadgets; reading, usually from a Kindle or iPad; and baking bread. Travels included an around the world trip with his dad; many trips with his wife and children; a 6-week hunting trip to Canada on horseback in British Columbia; and at age 96, salmon fishing in Alaska with son and grandchildren where he showed them how to fish by catching a 78-pound king salmon. Survived by children Juliana Kaufman Rupert, Roseville, MN, Dr. Edward Andrew Kaufman (Martha) of Phoenixville, PA, and Adele Kaufman of Roseville, MN; grandchildren Peter James Rupert, (Sara), Mark Edward Rupert (Susan), Pollyanna Rupert Nasalle (Steven), Timothy John Rupert (Kathryn), Dr. Kate Kaufman, and Elizabeth Kaufman; great-grandchildren Andrew James Rupert, Matthew Jay Spiering, John Edward Rupert, Ella Rosina Rupert, Henry Kissel Rupert and Oliver Mills Rupert; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loving caregivers. Remarkable in so many ways, wonderful role model, good friend, father, husband, grandpa, employer, keen mind, good diagnostician, took the "family" part of family doctor seriously, education proponent, loved by many whose paths crossed his during his long life. A memorial service for Edward and Dorothybelle will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Appleton on October 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials can be made to the University of Minnesota, Morris, Office of External Relations, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 55267 . Please indicate Kaufman scholarships in memo line.

Published in Pioneer Press on Oct. 21, 2012
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